Nation: Sifting the Ashes in Las Vegas

MGM Grand Hotel disaster kindles nationwide concerns

Tired and dazed, the guests waited to be escorted to their smoke-blackened rooms to retrieve belongings. Passing motorists slowed on Flamingo Road to gawk and snap pictures. Inside, firemen sloshed through the gutted casino, trying to puzzle out how the blaze began.

Such was the scene last week at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, where an early morning fire a few days earlier had killed 84 people and injured more than 700. Though the costs of the damage to the 26-story hotel have not yet been...

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