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County orders fire-damaged Key Largo to be demolished

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Updated: 3/29/2013 5:13 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Clark County building officials have ordered the owner of a former casino and hotel heavily damaged by fire on Thursday to demolish the structure by April 26.

After an inspection today found the building in a bad state of disrepair, an order was posted requiring the owner -- Flamingo 2005 LLC -- to take several steps before securing a permit for demolition by April 12 and then completing demolition no later than April 26.

The property -- located near the Hard Rock Casino about a half-mile east of the Strip -- has been in disrepair and vacant since 2005. A high-rise hotel/condo plan was proposed for the property, but never came to fruition.

The owner, listed as having a Miami, Fla., address, has been ordered to: vacate the property, secure or remove a north side sign on or before April 12, remove or stabilize the north wall of the casino by shoring or other acceptable method on or before April 19 and to secure the building against unlawful entry by today.

The investigation into the fire is continuing, Clark County officials said.

The four-alarm fire about 3 p.m. Thursday caused an estimated $4.5 million damage to the building. Two of the nearly 120 firefighters who battled the fire were injured. Crews are still at the property this afternoon putting out hot spots.



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