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ATF suspects arson in fire at shuttered Key Largo Casino

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Clark County and City of Las Vegas firefighters battle a four-alarm fire at the old Key Largo Casino on Flamingo Avenue and Paradise Road Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Key Largo Casino Fire

Clark County and City of Las Vegas firefighters battle a four-alarm fire at the old Key Largo Casino on Flamingo Avenue and Paradise Road Thursday, March 28, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Evidence suggests the fire that destroyed the shuttered Key Largo Casino was started intentionally, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a report released today.

Officials didn’t say what the evidence is but have offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the blaze.

The fire was reported about 3:05 p.m. March 28 and caused about $4.5 million damage to the building at 377 Flamingo Road.

In all, 117 firefighters were called to fight the fire; two were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No civilians were injured.

The Key Largo closed in 2005 to make room for what was supposed to be a condominium tower, but those plans never took root.

The building was constructed in 1974 and has been abandoned since about 2007. Clark County records show the property is owned by CABI Flamingo LLC.

On Friday, Clark County issued an order that the building be demolished by April 26.

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  1. I dont know if arson or 'homeless squatters trying to stay warm' seems most appropriate.

  2. "Evidence suggests the fire that destroyed the shuttered Key Largo Casino was started intentionally, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a report released today."

    Neither ATF nor the federal government has any jurisdiction or other legitimate interest in a fire in any state! This is entirely a local matter!

    "I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least'; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically." -- Henry David Thoreau 1849 "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"