City of Towering Infernos

Las Vegas suffers yet another tragic high-rise conflagration

By his own first account, Philip Bruce Cline, 23, a busboy at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, was a hero. He was working his way down from the 29th floor in the east wing of the 2,783-room hotel, the nation's largest, picking up room service food trays from hallways. When he reached the eighth floor, he saw flames "flickering on the wall" in the elevator lobby. He tried to fight the blaze, then ran down the hall banging on doors to alert guests. But the fire raged out of control for more than an...

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