Two people suffered smoke inhalation in a frightening fire at The Cosmopolitan hotel and casino that sent choking black smoke and orange flames soaring into the skies above the Las Vegas Strip.

The fire broke out Saturday just after noon local time on the 14th floor Bamboo Pool deck of the swanky Cosmo, where a three-night weekened stay starts at $1,800.

The 14th and 15th floors of its west end tower remained closed Sunday, the hotel said in a statement. The pool, deck, and a spa are shut until further notice.

The hotel and casino, which is just south of the famedBellagio,is otherwise fully operational, officials said Sunday morning.

Cabanas, deck chairs, and artificial palm trees were quickly consumed in Saturday's blaze as guests ran for their lives, witnesses and officials withthe Clark County Fire Department said Saturday.

"Trees and cabanas burned on pool deck. Very little extension to building. One patient transported at this time," the department tweeted.

"You turned around and the whole thing was on fire and so the first thing I thought was get out as fast as possible," guest Kaitlin Bencimol told local ABC.

More than 100 firefighters responded and the blaze was out in 45 minutes.

Two people were overcome by smoke; one was treated at the scene and the other hospitalized, officials said.

Video sent Metro by the folks atGasp! Hollywoodcaspture the flames from multiple angles and shows the trees fully engulfed.

Social media was flooded with images that showed smoke wafting over Sin City, including videos and pictures posted byMark ScafidionTwitter that dramatically caspture the pitch black cloud against an otherwise crystal clear blue sky.

Another Twitter Video by@CorbinWilliams shows video close up to the deck's Bamboo Pool.

Williams, who has several other videos in his public Twitter feed,told ABC:"Before you know it the alarms were going off, and we look outside and there are flames and smoke and people being forced from their rooms a lot of people left their belongings ...We didn't even get our luggage so it was really, really crazy.

(This story was updated Sunday to increase the number of injured and reflect the operational status of the hotel and casino.)

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
LikeMetro New York,Metro BostonorMetro Phillyon Facebook and join the conversation.

Latest From ...