Published: January 2, 2011 at 9:54 AM
Summary of Orlando Area TV News Reports as viewed online:
Aerial Raw Video taken after dark shows large hole caused by fire in roof of building indicating serious damage.
No direct video of fire. Guests report sounded like an explosion. Smell of burning rubber. 1 reports of panic by a guest on camera. Several visitors complained of smoke inhalation and were treated at the site.
Reports fire started on the roof. Firefighters found a smoldering fire that spread rapidly. Both Jurassic Park and Toon Lagoon closed (staff member on site as a regular guest).
No Video coverage provided online. Similar print article to what has been provided by Orlando Sentinel. It does not look like the channel posts videos of stories...
Central Florida News 13
Raw interview by a guest in queue for ride indicates the initial announcement was technical difficulties and that the staff conducting the evacuation was nervous [So would I]. When asked what was going on, they said that could not tell but referred to the black smoke in the sky.
Has not yet updated their article tonight.
Overall that considering the conditions, the park handled the event very successfully with no significant injuries for a large 2 alarm fire involving 2 separate fire departments. The staff initiallly appears to have handled the event very successfully. Especially when considering this is coming out of the all time busiest week for IOA.
The park public relations team appeared to be responding well to the media and provided an appropriate level of information to media]
There are separate reports that the fire was started by a vehicle and spread to a tree then the structure or that the fire started on the roof. May just be individuals perspective as the first fire of the building was was on the roof.
Due to the hole in the roof, which was after dark and difficult to interpret, there is likely significant damage structurally and the interior. This is also indicated by other reports that the fire department had to fight the fire externally from a ladder truck initially. Ride is likely a total loss. Even if repairable at significant cost, the PR issues and the fact the ride needed some significant updating indicates probably better to tear it down. Premature to tell until good daytime video is available. Very premature.