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Fire at convention center causes $100K in damage

Posted at 6:50 AM, Nov 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-13 09:50:35-05

More than $100,000 in damage was caused by a fire on Thursday night at the Sand Expo and Convention Center.

According to the Clark County Fire Department, the fire started around 8 p.m. last night in the convention area where an ophthalmology convention was set up.  Upon arrival firefighters found a well involved display booth. Firefighters initiated an aggressive attack on this fire and with 7 minutes of arrival they had the fire knocked down. Fire sprinklers did activate and kept the fire from spreading even further before the firefighters arrived.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Clark County Fire Department’ Fire Investigation Division.  Damage estimates are still being added up however it is expected to exceed $100,000.  The combined efforts of the fire sprinklers and the firefighters saved millions of dollars of items on display within the convention area.
There were no injuries from this incident.  A total of 30 firefighters responded to this fire.
The actions taken by the fire crews are some of the ones practiced this year at the Riviera Hotel.  A convention is currently taking place at the Riviera where firefighters from all over the country are here learning their craft.