Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 | 7:59 a.m.
A 70-year-old man was injured Tuesday when he fell through a grate and 20 feet down a ventilation shaft outside the Tropicana, the Clark County Fire Department reported.
The man was rescued from the shaft after about an hour and suffered only minor injuries, officials said.
The opening, near the front of the casino at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, was secured after the accident, which was reported about 4:50 p.m. The accident happened outside but on Tropicana property, officials said.
The Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Technical Rescue Team and Clark County Fire Department used a basket to free the man. The Clark County Building Department also responded.
Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.