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Shuttered Key Largo casino burns

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(Courtesy: Ron Douglas) (Courtesy: Ron Douglas)
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A four-alarm fire engulfed a vacant resort property east of the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, billowing large smoke visible throughout the valley.

According to Clark County Fire Department, the incident was reported about 3:15 p.m. in the 300 block of East Flamingo Road, near Paradise Road.

The address is home to the old Key Largo Casino. Traffic was backed up around the burning casino, and Flaming Road was shut down.

Clark County Fire said crews arrived to find heavy flame and smoke, immediately calling for a second alarm.

"First arriving units indicated there was a fire in two locations in this vacant building," Girard Page, senior deputy fire chief with the Clark County Fire Department told FOX5.

County Fire crews were joined by Las Vegas Fire and Rescue units as the fire went to four alarms.

"Obviously it's a four alarm fire, and they don't happen that often, and it's taken quite a few resources to fight the fire," Page said.

The fire extended to the attic space, limiting firefighters' ability to enter the structure for fear the roof would collapse. Several sections of the rood did collapse, compromising the building's support structure.

Two firefighters were transported to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. No civilian injuries were reported.

Damage is estimated at $4.5 million.

Crews will remain on the scene through the night to uncover and extinguish hot spots.

The building was built in 1974 and has been vacant for six years. So far there is no word on how the fire started.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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