Thousands Flee Amusment Park!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2001 9:50 AM
Thousands of guests fled from Germany's Phantasialand today as a wooden coaster caught fire!

Riders were forced to climb down a 60ft ladder as flames engulfed the ride. No one died!

This news is just in! No doubt more details will be released as they arise.

This is another bad day for the amusement park industry. There is no mention as to the cause of the fire, but there is a strong possibility the fire could have been started by people smoking in line! If this is the case, parks need to enforce the no smoking in line rule more strictly, especially around wooden structures.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 10:00 AM
Full story at:

http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/europe/05/01/germany.roller/index.html
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 10:05 AM
Send this to news contributions!!!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 10:10 AM
Grant: Please no wild random speculating (regarding the smoking comment). The article seems to point to a mechanical mishap as being the start of the fire. Please refrain from fanatical sensationalism.
jeremy
--who thinks that this fire had as much to do with smoking as the 'Himalaya' accident had to do with rollercoasters
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 10:12 AM
What is the coaster called. I looked through RCDB and found nothing. Hope we can find out which ride this was.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 10:22 AM
Damn that sucks, how did it happen??

www.sfnj.50megs.com
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 10:29 AM
from the article at CNN linked above:

The park's founder, Gottlieb Loeffelhardt, said a cable fire in one of the cars, which caused the roller coaster's emergency brakes to be activated, was the likely cause of the blaze

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 12:55 PM
How horrible! I'd wonder now about the treatment procedures for the wood used to build the coasters, and how it can be protected. Granted, you can't exactly make wood fireproof, but there should be some dampening ways, at least on the structure of the trains to prevent the actual train from igniting and harming riders.

Note, though, that it isn't a truly wooden coaster -- it is called a "mostly wooden" coaster. This makes me think it's like Gemini or CCMR, steel with a wooden structure.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 2:10 PM
It was a miracle that no one was killed.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 2:31 PM

beast7369 said:
"Send this to news contributions!!!




News contributions can take several days to update! If your home park coaster had burnt down, wouldn't you want to know about it straight away?


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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 2:35 PM
The article alludes to "wooden track", so I would assume that this is closer to a regular woodie with some steel support than Gemini.

Anyone know of any other posts regarding this, perhaps with pictures of the ride either in operation or while on fire?

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 2:41 PM

2Hostyl said:
"Grant: Please no wild random speculating (regarding the smoking comment). The article seems to point to a mechanical mishap as being the start of the fire. Please refrain from fanatical sensationalism.
jeremy
--who thinks that this fire had as much to do with smoking as the 'Himalaya' accident had to do with rollercoasters"



I would hardly call it fanatical sensationalism. It was just a suggestion to a possible cause, as when I read the story, there was no mention of one.

Are you trying to say cigarettes do not start fires? Try telling the 31 people that were incinerated on the London Underground nearly 14 years ago, when a cigarette started a fire on a wooden esculator.

http://news1.thdo.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_31000/31723.stm

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 2:59 PM
http://schwarzkopf.coaster.net/ESbobbahn1GF.htm

Heres a link to pictures of the rollercoaster before the fire. Its a steel schwarzkopf rollercoaster with wooden theming.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 3:00 PM
There's no need for bickering, even less for starting rumors, which is what the cigarette comment amounted to. Please stick to the facts. Everyone knows that cigarettes are flammable. They'd be hard to smoke otherwise. No one is calling you a liar.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 3:02 PM
Thanks, Coaster895, that themeing is amazing! What a shame, I hope it's salvageable.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 3:08 PM
NOOO!!! A Schwarzkopf!!! NO!! That coaster looked great!!! :( :(

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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 3:09 PM
Does anyone know if the coaster had fire sprinklers? It should with that must enclosure and combustible construction.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 3:16 PM
From what I gathered on RRC, it appears that the area has two coasters and a monorail stuck in. 150 people and a cable fire makes it sound more like the monorail than the coaster.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 3:52 PM
http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery979.htm
Could it be the Bobbahn (in German-Gebirgsbahn)?
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*** This post was edited by Mr. G-lix on 5/1/2001. *** *** This post was edited by Mr. G-lix on 5/1/2001. ***
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001 4:31 PM
We should all be happy no one was hurt.
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