Woah! What Caused a Rare Evacuation of the Las Vegas Strip?

You see a lot in Sin City, but it's not every day you see this.

The Las Vegas Boulevard Strip, lined with casinos and open-container-clutching revelers, is known for being a packed and lively scene around the clock. So what caused a rare shutdown of the area?

Well, on Thursday night, the roof of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino caught fire, which led to the very uncommon closure.

No, that's not pyrotechnics from the pirate show at Treasure Island.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the roof covering multiple retail shops within in the casino property, to the north of its famous dancing fountain, lit up and burned for approximately half an hour. Fortunately, no one was reported injured, and none of the nearly 4,000 rooms in the sprawling resort were damaged.

You can imagine the complex logistics involved with closing such a heavily trafficked piece of real estate, but authorities know what they’re doing in Sin City.

“Our guys who work this area of town knew this hotel like the back of their hands,” said Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Roy Session to the Review-Journal. “We called a second alarm because it was burning so fast. They did a great job of knocking it down so quickly.”

The fire’s cause it still unknown, but it sent debris flying into the air, providing quite a spectacle for tourists. That is to say — creating a different kind of spectacle than the one that happens day and night, year round, on the strip.

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