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Mount Charleston Lodge fire started in storage area, Clark County fire says

Cause of the blaze remains officially undetermined
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Posted at 12:33 PM, Sep 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-20 20:54:51-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County fire officials continue their investigation into the fire that destroyed the Mount Charleston Lodge early Friday morning.

Monday, Clark County Fire Department Chief Larry Haydu shared with 13 Action News that the fire appeared to have started in a storage area under the Lodge's patio deck. But the actual cause of the blaze remains undetermined.

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Fire crews first received reports of the Lodge fire at about 4:45 a.m. on Friday. However, the historic building to several members of the community was already engulfed in flames.

Firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading to the nearby pine trees or cabins during their response.

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Haydu says Friday's fire initially seems to be accidental but has not officially ruled that just yet.

Additionally, Clark County officials said the fire department found a number of potential causes for the fire within that storage area that included several different electrical and mechanical items.

But due to the extent of fire damage, each of the items could not be eliminated as to whether they caused the fire or not, according to the county. And due to having multiple potential causes of the fire, the exact cause continues to remain undetermined and it doesn't appear to be an intentional act.

The Mount Charleston Lodge has a deep, rich history going back over a hundred years.

"The Mount Charleston Lodge was the first commercial facility open to the public on the mountain," said historian Mark Hall-Patton.