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Foam Palm Trees Fueled Fire At Cosmopolitan Pool

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Firefighters say fake foam palm trees and high winds fueled a poolside fire Saturday on the 14th floor of The Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip that sent plumes of black smoke from the casino-hotel.

Battalion Chief Leo Durkin said the foam is a common building material on the Strip and beyond for faux facades. While it can take some effort to ignite, it burns fast and with a lot of heat, Durkin says.

He says authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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String lights were hung from the trees, but Durkin says they don't know yet if the cause of the fire was electrical.

The Cosmopolitan says it reopened its bamboo pool Sunday morning, and the only casino-hotel area still off limits were 14th-floor guestrooms.