UPDATE 5:55 p.m. EDT: The Cosmopolitan Hotel released a statement Sunday confirming the fire has been extinguished. They did not say what caused the blaze.



UPDATE 4:26 p.m. EDT: Fire crews have extinguished a blaze that burned through trees and cabanas surrounding the pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Saturday afternoon, the Las Vegas Sun reported. The Clark County Fire Department said it closed large portions of the famed Las Vegas strip so crews could battle the two-alarm blaze.

Sandra Baker, a spokeswoman for the Clark County Fire Department, said firefighters were checking to see if the fire had spread to the luxury resort's two-tower building. Several floors of the nearly 3,000-room hotel were evacuated because of billowing black smoke, Baker said. 

A witness told the Sun the fire quickly engulfed half of the cabanas, and guests ran screaming as the fire spread across the pool area. At least two people suffered burns, KVVU, Las Vegas, reported.


The fire occurred on a tiny portion of the Las Vegas Strip and is the latest in a number of blazes to damage resort properties. In 2008, welders working on the roof of the Monte Carlo casino started a fire that hurt 17 people, the Associated Press reported. In what is still Nevada's deadliest fire, a 1980 blaze at the old MGM Grand Hotel and Casino left 87 people dead from smoke inhalation.

Original story:

A fire triggered the evacuation of guests and visitors at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the famed Las Vegas strip in Nevada on Saturday. Clark County fire crews were fighting the blaze near the luxury resort casino and hotel, according to the fire department's alarm website, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Firefighters responded to the scene at 12:16 p.m. local time.

Officials did not immediately release further details about the blaze.

Several people tweeted photographs and videos of the scene, where black smoke was seen rising from the resort property. The Cosmopolitan is just south of another luxury hotel, the Bellagio, on Las Vegas Boulevard. The $3.9 billion resort consists of two high rise towers and has nearly 3,000 rooms.