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Las Vegas / Hotel Fire #508014

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 23, 1980
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(Studio) Anticipated death toll from Friday's fire in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, and possible origin and course of fire reported.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley

(Las Vegas, NV) Hotel owners' defense of poor fire safety system outlined; Fred Benninger, chief executive of hotel company, said disputing fire department report by investigator Mike Patterson. Details given. [PATTERSON - comments.] Fire department chief Roy Parrish noted indicating that inspector Carl Lowe had recommended safety system to hotel owners before construction; details given. [LOWE - comments.] [BENNINGER - denies fire department's claim.] Criticism of hotel management by victims' relatives and survivors of the tragedy noted. [Brad KELLER - relates efforts to find missing parents.] Formal inquiry said continuing.
REPORTER: Bill Sternoff

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Jane Pauley

(Las Vegas, NV) Post-fire atmosphere in Las Vegas examined; films shown. [Casino EMPLOYEE - comments.] [Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. casino employee, John KINKAID - notes unemployment problem.] [TOURISTS - comment.]
REPORTER: Frank Bourgholtzer

(Studio) Atlantic City, New Jersey, officials said concerned about Las Vegas fire.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley

(Atlantic City, New Jersey) Efforts by city officials to reassure public that New Jersey casinos are safer than those in Las Vegas noted. [Fire marshal Bill MAGRANN - explains system.] Fire safety systems here examined. [New Jersey attorney general John DEGNAN - defs. safety measures taken by casino owners.] Degnan's efforts to prevent repeat of Las Vegas disaster in New Jersey noted.
REPORTER: Rebecca Sobel

(Studio) Looting after Las Vegas fire discussed.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley

Bourgholtzer, Frank;
Pauley, Jane;
Sobel, Rebecca;
Sternoff, Bill

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