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September 23, 2017

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Sun seeking historical material from tragic MGM Grand fire


DAVID WAITE / Las Vegas Sun / Sun File Photo

An emergency helicopter lifts a guest off of the roof of the MGM Grand during the fire that devastated the building, Nov. 21, 1980. Helicopter pilots rescued over 300 people from the roof and balconies of the MGM.

MGM Fire Nov. 21, 1980

Smoke billows out of the MGM Grand as the hotel is engulfed in flames on Nov. 21, 1980. Faulty wiring in an unused delicatessen is the cause of the worst disaster in Nevada history and the country's second-worst hotel fire. Launch slideshow »

Do you have photos, home movies or first-hand memories of the MGM Grand fire on Nov. 21, 1980?

The Sun is producing a multimedia retrospective on the tragedy and we’re looking for all the historical material and anecdotes we can find to document it. The fire took 85 lives at the 26-story resort, spurring new safety standards that changed the design of public buildings and high rises worldwide.

To submit a photo, email it to [email protected] or mail it along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Managing Editor, Las Vegas Sun, 2360 Corporate Circle, Henderson, NV 89074. If you have a film clip, contact Ric Anderson, managing editor, at [email protected] or 259-2333, and we’ll make arrangements to produce a digitized copy of the clip for publication on our website.

Those interested in sharing a memory of the fire can contact staff writer Dave Toplikar at [email protected] or 259-4185. Toplikar has interviewed a number of firefighters who battled the blaze and he’s interested in speaking with local residents and survivors about their experiences.

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