Architectural Accent Foam Fuels Las Vegas Casino Fire

It’s unclear when Las Vegas’ Monte Carlo hotel-casino will reopen after a Jan. 25 fire ripped through the resort’s top four floors. Cause of the blaze is still unknown, although welders had been working on the roof. The 32-story, 3,002-room hotel-casino won’t be allowed to reopen until damaged facade portions are removed or secured. The $344-million Monte Carlo is a cast-in-place concrete, EIFS-clad structure with stucco-and-foam-backed architectural accenting that helped fuel flames. The building was built in 1996 and met 1991 Uniform Building Code standards, which allowed for more foam than today, says Clark County Building Director Ron Lynn. Damaged floors, once rebuilt, now must meet current code standards, he says.