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Today In History: Las Vegas Hilton Fire

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(photo credit: UNLV archives)

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(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.

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