Cosmopolitan Fire Wreaks Havoc On the Hotel’s Pool Deck

The 14th floor pool deck of The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas was trashed by a fire that created billows of smoke and a serious freak-out in social media. Billows, of course, are one of the most popular smoke formations, second only to plumes.

Cosmopolitan fire

“It’s the hottest pool scene in Vegas!” Thanks to Courtney Cyr for the pic.

The fire, which happened just after noon on July 25, 2015, laid waste to cabanas and artificial palm trees. Injuries to humans were minor, with two people ending up in the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Damage to The Cosmo’s hotel tower was limited to a few broken windows and some heat damage to rooms on the hotel’s 14th floor.

It’s been reported 110 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire The Cosmopolitan. In firefighter parlance, a “two-alarm” fire means, “Relax, it’s plants and cabanas. Vegas will make more.”

The cause  of the fire is still under investigation, but as with many such incidents, we’re putting our money on somebody doing something bone-headed. Probably with a cigarette.

There have been reports of hotel guests flicking cigarettes off their balconies. They have to fall somewhere, including on cabanas and artificial trees (the likely culprit, as authorities have determined the fire started in one of the trees).

Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt, and our Las Vegas firefighters kept the blaze contained.

Cosmopolitan fire

The Cosmo definitely caught a break this time. Clark County Fire Department Station 32 is just 200 feet from where the fire broke out.

The fire has caused minimal disruption at The Cosmopolitan, although the hotel’s valet was closed temporarily after the incident and the hotel’s 14th floor has some smoke and heat damage that will have to be repaired. The pool re-opened almost immediately.

Marquee, the hotel’s nightclub, was on social media immediately after the fire was extinguished, letting visitors know they’re open and ready to take obscene amounts of money in exchange for a place to sit.


6 thoughts on “Cosmopolitan Fire Wreaks Havoc On the Hotel’s Pool Deck

  1. Misslaydj

    So bummed about Vegaschatter so good to know your still around. Went to Marqee last year and they charged me 30 BUCKS to put my beach bag in a locker. Never again and it was tiny!!!

      1. Michael Movestro

        Hi Scott, long time follower of this site (and of your previous work on the old Harrahs blog). As you know, on the 31st there will be some very talented Vegas-loving writers without a place to call their internet home. Do you think you might extend your welcome to any of them who might want to be part of the Vital Vegas team? I think with some extra contributors here it might make a great fit. Was wondering if you thought the same?

        1. Scott Roeben

          Thanks so much for the kind words, Michael! I, too, was saddened to hear Vegas Chatter is closing up shop. We’ve been de facto “sister sites” for some time, and I know the writer over there, etc. My site has always been a passion, not a business. Not because it couldn’t make money, but because I don’t have the time or energy to run a business (I have day job). My site, and the Caesars blog, too, were a forum to share my photography and thoughts. Having contributing writers would defeat that purpose, although I completely agree there’s a vacuum that needs filling and I hope some enterprising person will swoop in and grab up all the writers and provide a new forum for their work. I guess I’d say having contributors would be a like a book author letting others write guest chapters. There are books like that, but it’s infinitely less fun editing the work of others than doing the work. I love that Vegas fans are seeking out new sources of information, but my little hobby can’t possibly keep up with the frequency of posts of Vegas Chatter. Perhaps a combination of other sites will fill the void? Hopefully this one’s in the mix! Thanks again for leaving your note. I’ll take a vote of confidence anytime, and I’m flattered some see this as a passing of the torch. I’ll take it, but I can’t hold a torch to Vegas Chatter, at least in terms of quantity. Or whatever better metaphor works here. Candles are lame. Now, a flare…

          1. Michael Movestro

            Thank you for your reply Scott, I understand what you mean. This site will definitely be in the mix!


    I was just at the Cosmo the weekend before this happened, it was so surreal sitting in the bar here last Saturday seeing this play out on social media. Visions of the MGM fire flashed into my head. Glad to see it was mostly cosmetic damage and nobody was seriously hurt.


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