Massive fire hits Monte Carlo hotel-casino high-rise

Guests escorted back into hotel by security staffers to retrieve belongings


The Monte Carlo Resort & Casino has 3,002 guest rooms and 211 suites. The resort, on Las Vegas Boulevard near Tropicana Avenue, opened in June 1996 and is modeled after the Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

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Associated Press Writers Howie Rumberg, Ryan Nakashima and Ken Ritter contributed to this report.