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Smoky day in the castle as Excalibur fire temporarily shuts down I-15 offramp

Updated Saturday, May 31, 2014 | 6:51 p.m.

Smoke from a fire in the basement of the Excalibur spread throughout the hotel Saturday, prompting the closure of an Interstate 15 offramp and response from 70 firefighters, according to a Clark County Fire Department release.

The fire was confined to the casino’s basement and appears to have sparked inside a housekeeping linen cart.

Clark County firefighters quickly put out the fire, but smoke spread throughout the hotel, according to the fire department release. According to Yvette Monet, an MGM Resorts International spokeswoman, the incident did not spread beyond the basement and was contained by sprinklers until firefighters arrived.

“Hotel tower and casino operations were unaffected, although some guests entering the resort were briefly held outside while investigators made sure the incident was under control,” Monet said in an email.

Eastbound Tropicana Avenue and its I-15 offramp were temporarily closed, the fire department release said.

Damages are estimated at $25,000, said Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck.

The smoke spread from the basement to the arena area and there was some smoke that reached the casino floor, he said.

Monet said some basement employee areas remained closed while investigators looked into what caused the fire, but otherwise it was business as usual at the Excalibur.

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