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LAS VEGAS — An engine on a British Airways jet caught fire while the plane was preparing to take off from Las Vegas, forcing passengers to escape on emergency slides.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane’s left engine caught fire Tuesday afternoon. Billowing black smoke and orange flames could be seen pouring from the plane’s wings before about 50 firefighters quickly doused the aircraft.

Fourteen people are being treated for minor injuries. A spokesman at McCarran International Airport says all 159 passengers and 13 crew members were able to get off the plane.

The airport reported one runway was shut down, but operations continued at its other three runways.

Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Jon Klassen says the cause of the fire isn’t clear yet. He says it didn’t appear to breach the cabin.

The Boeing 777-200 was bound for Gatwick Airport near London.

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