(Las Vegas, NV) – Today marks the 31st anniversary of a deadly Las Vegas hotel fire. On February 10th, 1981, eight people died and 200 others were injured at the former Las Vegas Hilton. The blaze caused an estimated 13-million dollars in damage. Investigators later determined a busboy set a curtain on fire with a marijuana cigarette. Philip Bruce Cline is serving eight life prison terms for arson. The Hilton fire came nearly three months after a blaze at the old MGM Grand hotel killed 87 people.
KXNT reporter Nathan Tannenbaum speaks with Clark County Fire Captain Jon Sabol who was a rookie firefighter at the time of the fire.