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Kitchen Fire Destroys Mountain View Casino in Pahrump

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(April 29) -- A witness says a blaze that gutted a Pahrump casino this morning started in the kitchen. Between 50 and 65 people were inside the Mountain View Casino and Bowl when the fire started a little after 4 AM, but everyone got out -- and no one was hurt.

Now, only the smoldering walls of the supermarket-sized building are left standing. The roof is gone.

Within two hours, the casino was destroyed--along with the town's only bowling alley. The Mountain View didn't have a hotel. Only the smoldering walls of the supermarket-sized building are left standing. Authorities say it's a total loss -- with damage about $10 million, not counting the cash in the building. 
   
Authorities say the fire started in the kitchen. A security guard tried to douse it with an extinguisher. 23-year-old Scott Winn says his housemate--Chris Guoin-- just finished his shift as a Mountain View security guard when the fire broke out in the casino kitchen. 
  
But the fire chief says flames spread into a space between the ceiling and the roof, above the sprinkler system. 
  
Was there a delay summoning firefighters while a blaze spread through this Pahrump casino this morning? The Nye County fire chief says that's one of the things federal, state and local investigators are looking into.

Pahrump is a town of about 2,700 people 60 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
  
Firefighters were called in from Clark County to help.

Casino co-owner Debbie Brooks vows to rebuild.    

But at least for now, 200 people are out of work -- and the town's only bowling alley is gone.

Family Fund Set Up

Has been established for the families of the approximately 280 workers at Mountain View Casino in Pahrump. Obviously, they are all out of jobs:

"Families Of Mountain View Employee Fund"
Bank of America, Account #004967069423

OR

"Families Of Mountain View Employee Fund"
PO Box 2840
Pahrump, NV  89041

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