LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After two days of extensive investigation, Las Vegas police say there was no sexual assault related to the Excalibur fire incident. There is an ongoing investigation into what is now being treated as arson. There is no threat to the public, according to the police.
Wednesday afternoon Metro Police held a briefing about a fire that happened the same day in an Excalibur Hotel room. Officers believe that the fire is linked to a sexual assault of a woman who was also in the room. The incident is under investigation.
The Clark County Fire Department responded to the fire at approximately 11:32 a.m. Upon arrival, crews received reports there was a fire on the sixth floor. When firefighters went into a guest room where a sprinkler was activated to investigate, they found a mattress on fire.
Crews quickly extinguished the fire and worked with hotel engineers to ventilate the area to remove smoke from the floor. The female victim was treated on the scene and transported to a hospital.
The fire is under investigation, and officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are searching for the suspect. There is no description of the suspect available at this time.
Police believe the fire and sexual assault are linked so the agency is working closely with the hotel property and CCFD to investigate. This is preliminary information as the investigation just began.
Hotel officials say Excalibur Hotel is still open to the public except for areas restricted for the investigation. The rest of Las Vegas Boulevard has not been affected.
The Clark County Fire Department is the lead investigating agency on the fire, but Las Vegas Fire and Rescue are helping.
No other information was made available at this time. Check back for updates as this is a developing story.