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Golden Nugget fire was arson, officials say

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Fire trucks head to the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas after reports of a fire on the 22nd floor. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5) Fire trucks head to the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas after reports of a fire on the 22nd floor. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5)
Fire trucks arrive at the Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5) Fire trucks arrive at the Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A Thursday morning fire on the 22nd floor of the Golden Nugget's Rush Tower was intentionally set, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue officials.

However, it's unknown how a man nearly killed in the blaze gained access to the floor, which was closed for renovations.

The two-alarm fire was reported just before 8:30 a.m. and forced firefighters to evacuate 50 people from floors 21 and 25.

Upon reaching the 22nd floor, firefighters needed a pass key to enter a locked room where the fire started. Inside they heard a man moaning and found the victim lying on a floor near a window.

"We went into the room, and the fire was out" said Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski. "The sprinkler was activated."

The man was rushed to University Medical Center in critical condition, Szymanski added. Investigators are trying to determine his connection to the fire.

The room was being used to store bedding material.

The 22nd floor, along with floors 23 and 24, are closed for renovations. Firefighters evacuated 50 people from floors 21 and 25 as they rushed up the stairs to combat the blaze.

"Somebody pounded on the door, like three times," said guest Laryssa Ham, who was visiting from Peoria, Ill. "There was a guy walking up and down the hall way knocking on all the doors, and there was a gentleman outside my room that calmly explained, ‘You have to go, right now.'"

No other injuries were reported.

Szymanski said the fire caused about $1,000 in damage to bedding material, but the room itself was unscathed.

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