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MGM Fire part 1

Lark Williams begins the story of the tragic 1980 fire at the MGM Grand which killed 86 people. Lark was running keno on the floor of the MGM early that morning when the smell of smoke began to drift through the casino. She and others thought nothing was 'really wrong' until it was almost too late.

An electrical fire in the MGM's deli smoldered for hours before exploding into a ball of fire that quickly engulfed the casino and sent black clouds of smoke billowing through the high-rise hotel. Ed Finley was one of the firefighters at the scene who talks about needless deaths.

These original episodes of The Las Vegas I Remember were honored with the prestigious Gold World Medal at the New York International Festivals, among many other awards for series producer Tim Anderson.

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