Fact Check: Trump Hotel in Las Vegas Was NOT On Fire On August 23, 2022

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Trump Hotel in Las Vegas Was NOT On Fire On August 23, 2022 Nearby Fire

Did the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas catch on fire on August 23, 2022? No, that's not true: The fire was behind the hotel in an abandoned warehouse, not at the actual hotel, according to the deputy fire chief of the area's fire department. The warehouse is about five minutes away by car from the hotel, which is why the smoke looked so close.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post and a TikTok video (archived here), both posted on August 23, 2022. The on-screen text reads:

What's going on?? Is the Trump Hotel Las Vegas on fire?

This is what the post looked like on Instagram at the time of writing:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Aug 24 11:38:12 2022 UTC)

In an August 24, 2022, email to Lead Stories, the deputy fire chief of the Clark County fire department wrote:

There was no fire at the Trump International Hotel yesterday. What you are seeing in that photo is smoke from an abandoned warehouse building approximately 1 mile to the southwest of Trump International Hotel.

According to local news in Las Vegas, flames engulfed a vacant building in the industrial area west of Interstate 15. The site of the fire, 3613 Procyon Street, is five minutes away from the hotel.

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(Source: Google Maps screenshot taken on Aug 24 12:40:45 2022 UTC)

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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