|Two suspects have been charged for the Moulin Rouge fire. The Las Vegas casino was an historic landmark in the history of black Americans as it was the first to welcome their custom at a time when they were banned from all other Vega casinos.|
Local authorities have charged the two men, John Caver and Fred Ball, with nothing short of first-degree arson. If that wasn’t enough the Feds are coming down on them for the destruction of a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992.
The fire on 29th May is reported to have injured three people, whilst many living in apartments situated where the old hotel used to be have been forced to evacuate their homes. The only spark of fortune in this thoughtless act of destruction is that the distinctive shell of the Moulin Rouge remains more or less intact. However there is nothing left of the insides, the building being completely gutted by the blaze.
Although the Moulin Rouge didn’t last long as a casino the place still had its fair run of stars. These included the likes of Frank Sinatra and The Platters. Despite its historic past it has been feared for some time that the landmark faced plans of redevelopment. Preservationists must be even more worried about its future now.
Despite the obvious motive that its been deliberately burnt to make way for something new little has been revealed about the suspects possible motives. Bart Maybie, the current owner, suspects that the act could have been retaliation for a recent crackdown on drugs in the area. Whatever the cause he insists he wants to rebuild the Moulin Rouge. Just how closely it resembles the original, time will tell.