Posted on: August 8, 2023, 10:17h.
Last updated on: August 8, 2023, 10:24h.
Clark County Fire Department crews quickly extinguished a bathroom wall fire at the Paris Las Vegas on Monday morning that led to smoky conditions in part of the Las Vegas Strip property, according to social media posts.
Firefighters were alerted about the incident at about 9:48 a.m. on Monday.
Upon arriving in the building, firefighters discovered light smoke coming from a utility hatch in the bathroom wall.
When firefighters made a hole in the wall they spotted “a pile of clothes and debris,” Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney said in a statement quoted by Las Vegas TV station KSNV.
Some people inside the building complained of smoke inhalation but EMTs didn’t need to treat anyone at the scene and no one was taken to a hospital.
Several people on social media said they saw smoke inside the casino resort.
As of Tuesday morning, fire officials had yet to identify the cause of the small blaze. An initial report estimated damage to the wall and elsewhere at $50K.
Ex-Raider Henry Ruggs Sentencing
Henry Ruggs III, a former wide receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders, is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday for a deadly crash.
The 24-year-old could be sentenced to as much as 10 years behind bars in connection with the 2021 collision.
In May, Ruggs pleaded guilty to DUI causing death and vehicular manslaughter. He was traveling at speeds up to 156 mph before colliding into another vehicle on Rainbow Boulevard near Spring Valley Parkway, authorities said.
Ruggs’ blood alcohol level was found to be at 0.16 after the accident, according to prosecutors. That is two times Nevada’s legal limit.
The other vehicle’s motorist, Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog perished after the crash.
It also was revealed this week that Ruggs underwent in-patient treatment for about a month for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the collision, according to Las Vegas TV station KLAS.
The treatment facility was in Newport Beach, Fla., and Ruggs reportedly took the treatment seriously.
“Mr. Ruggs was fully engaged in the treatment process and made steady progress with his treatment team,” a treatment center director said in a letter submitted to the court.
Ruggs, through his attorneys, admits errors were made.
“Mr. Ruggs is a man of good character who made a terrible mistake,” said his lawyers, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, in a 69-page court document.
In light of Mr. Ruggs’ post-offense conduct, it is clear that he has made positive changes in his life, has accepted responsibility, and has sincere remorse.”
He could be sentenced to a minimum of three years and wouldn’t be eligible for probation or an appeal, KLAS reported.
Tintor’s mother, brother, and uncle are to speak in the courtroom before the judge sentences Ruggs.
Ruggs was initially charged with the more serious counts of DUI resulting in death, DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm, two counts of reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm, and possession of a firearm while under the influence.
His fiancee, Kiara Kilgo-Washington, was in his vehicle and was injured in the crash.
The couple had been eating and drinking at Las Vegas’s Topgolf before the collision.