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Mt. Charleston Lodge fire not 'an intentional act,' according to investigators

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Fire investigators said Monday the Mt. Charleston Lodge fire was not the result of an intentional act.

Investigators said the fire started in storage areas under the outdoor dining deck, where electrical and mechanical items were being kept, but they were unable to determine precisely what caused the fire.

"That said, there is no indication, thus far, that this was an intentional act," according to a tweet from the Clark County Fire Department.

It's possible that the fire started in the equipment that was in storage, but the exact cause of the fire remains undetermined.

From the @ClarkCountyFD regarding the fire @MtCharlestonLod.
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The Investigation Division determined the fire began in storage areas of the lodge, which were positioned under the outdoor dining deck. A number of potential causes were identified within this area of origin. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/Ec2WQT3Onq

— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) September 20, 2021

Photos provided by the Clark County Fire Department in the tweet below show the storage areas where the fire originated.

Due to having multiple potential causes of the fire remaining, the exact cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. That said, there is no indication, thus far, that this was an intentional act. (3/3) pic.twitter.com/3YagA5MXTB

— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) September 20, 2021

Many people we talked to said it's hard to believe a piece of Las Vegas history is gone.

"This was a gathering place you know not just for visitors coming up, but it was a gathering place for the community … the residents up here, all the folks that work up here through the forest service," said Leonie Mowat, director of operations and communications for the Southern Nevada Conservancy.

Our AVI8TOR drone captured video of the aftermath.

Friday's fire gutted the Mt. Charleston Lodge, leaving only a shell of a building. We brought you the story as it broke early Friday morning as firefighters battle the intense flames.

The lodge plans to rebuild and recreate the charm so many people loved.

The good news is that no one was hurt.

Firefighters managed to keep the fire from spreading to the nearby cabins and trees.

Storage areas, shown here, under the outdoor dining deck have been identified as the source of the Mt. Charleston Lodge fire. (Courtesy: Clark County Fire Department)

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