Firefighters battle blaze near Las Vegas casino

By the Associated Press | May 15, 2011 | 5:15 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Firefighters battled a fire in an electrical transformer that exploded early Sunday near the Monte Carlo resort.

Police spokesman Lt. William Scott says a transformer on a street behind the hotel blew up about 12:30 a.m.

He says there were no reports of any injuries. No one at the hotel was affected, but the fire apparently knocked out power to parts of the building.

Scott says firefighters are putting the blaze out.

Because of heavy smoke from the fire, northbound I-15 was shut down for a time due to poor visibility but has been reopened.

Scott says the transformer was likely connected to a power pole.

KVVU-TV reports that a photo of the blaze was posted on Twitter and drew widespread attention to the fire.