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By Elisha Fieldstadt

A fire erupted Saturday on the pool deck of a Las Vegas hotel, sending thick smoke billowing high above The Strip.

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation and one of them was hospitalized after the blaze was sparked on a pool deck of the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, Clark County Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan told NBC News.

The fire torched trees and cabanas at the Bamboo Pool on the west side of the hotel, but made little impact inside the building, according to the department. The Cosmopolitan said in a statement that "proper evacuation procedures were used."

The fire was extinguished about 45 minutes after it was reported at about 12:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. ET), according to NBC affiliate KSNV. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the hotel statement.

The hotel said later Saturday that it has returned to full operation, with the exception of the areas affected by the fire.