NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 28, 1980
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(Studio) Last week's fire at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, recalled.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Las Vegas, NV) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. Grand's opening in 1973 and Friday's fire recalled; films shown. Hotel's outdated fire system, conforming to 10 year old regulations noted; number of hotel fires in United States last year cited. [US Fire Admin. spokesperson Gordon VICKERY - says United States has worst record in the world.] Post-fire reform of fire safety codes examined; fires at Atlanta, Georgia, Winecoff Hotel in 1946, Tucson, Arizona, hotel in 1970 and Los Angeles, California, hotel in 1970 and following reform of fire codes recalled. Films shown. [VICKERY - comments.] Vickery recalled fire chief in Seattle, WA, when city experienced 2 hotel fires in 1970; details given. Lack of national fire safety legislature noted. [VICKERY - comments.] Problems facing local enforcement of fire codes discussed. [Clark Cnty., NV, fire chief Roy PARRISH - notes lack of enforcement powers.] Use of financial expense as reason for not installing fire safety equipment in hotels said illustrated by MGM's case; details given. [Clark Cnty., NV, fire inspector Michael PATTERSON - comments.] [PARRISH - comments.]
REPORTER: Mark Nykanen
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