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Pool fire at The Cosmopolitan fueled by fake palm trees

Firefighters said Monday that fake palm trees and high winds fueled a poolside fire on a rooftop at The Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip over the weekend, a blaze that sent guests running and plumes of black smoke billowing from the casino-hotel.

Clark County Battalion Chief Leo Durkin the foam the trees were made of has become commonplace as a building material on the Strip and beyond for facades and decorations. While it can take some effort to ignite, once the foam catches fire it burns fast and with a lot of heat, Durkin said.

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