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Workers honored for extinguishing fire at Convention Center

Quick-thinking workers who helped put out a fire last summer at the Las Vegas Convention Center were commended for their actions at the Nov. 12 board of directors meeting of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire).

A video captured by security cameras on July 22 at the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center was played for attendees. It depicted employees from Teamsters Local 631 and Freeman convention management rushing to action during the load-out of the Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers show, when a machine filled with woodchips caught fire.

More than a dozen workers grabbed fire extinguishers to try to tame the flames, but when that didn’t work, two workers used forklifts to move the burning equipment outside the exhibit hall, where Clark County Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames.

At the board meeting, plaques of appreciation were handed out by LVCVA CEO Steve Hill and Board Chairman Larry Brown.

The honorees were: Victor Ladua, Dan Farias, Loren Stark, Chris Narloch, John Grul and Francisco Cruz of the Teamsters; and Jimmy Welsch of Freeman.

WATCH: Las Vegas Convention Center security footage capturing the moments after a machine filled with wood chips caught fire while it was being prepared for load out of the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers show on July 22, 2019. (LVCVA)

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