Fire at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure; Ripsaw Falls evacuated
This evening around 5:30pm a major fire broke out at Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
in the Universal's Islands of Adventure
theme park. The Orlando Sentinel reported that there were no injuries and that the entire Toon Lagoon island area was evacuated.
Smoke billowed above the area and was visible from throughout Universal Orlando Resort. This comes just after the busiest week Islands of Adventure has seen since its debut year. More from the Sentinel.
Update from the comments: Universal Studios spokesman Tom Schroder said the attraction would be closed for several weeks while workers repair the fire damage and perform additional seasonal maintenance.
Also, here's a photo from Brian J. Smith:
From Robert: This looks to me like it was taken from a backstage area. The fire clearly looks to be on the mountain itself. *Or maybe not, based on other views. Any other eyewitnesses out there?
Hey all, it's Gareth. Am here now, waiting only Mythos reservation.
Hopefully know one was hurt and this will result in the refurb that so many people say that ride needed.
So...what's the bet that Ripsaw goes down for "previously scheduled maintenance" like Rip Ride Rockit did? It may actually even be true because it usually closes in jan or feb for repainting while it's cold and slow but this is gonna be a PR nightmare for safety of their rides combined with Rockit.
Update: Thankfully no one was I injured.
Time to for some new comments on this week's attraction evacuations. There will be some interesting stories now if you were evacuated from the 2 alarm fire. For every routine evacuation/in-show exit that goes smoothly, this is when the well trained staff and the careful emergency procedures become so important.
I was there tonight. Saw the smoke while driving down I4 to get to the park. I was able to take a quick picture from the exit ramp as my husband and I were arriving. At the time, we were worried it was Universal, but assumed it was probably somewhere behind it or I would've taken a better pic. The smoke was still billowing when we parked, and by the time we got into IOA around 6:30ish, the smoke was gone. They weren't letting anyone past the bridge into Marvel, and past Trike Encounter in JP while we were there, which wasn't very long. The whole park smelled like burned plastic. There were some angry people wanting to go through to Marvel, but for the most part everyone was calm and was just wondering what happened. Apparently most areas reopened shortly after we left.
it was my faviorite ride i'm broken to pieces about it
If I recall correctly, there is a smoking section around the area. I saw where it said that a tree took the flames to the top of the mountain... what if someone didn't put out their cigarette all the way and the wood line caught fire.
I live about a mile away from Univeral and there is a strong smell of smoke outside. Had no idea why and now I know.
Universal's owed huge credit for maintaining safety and getting everyone - visitors and employees - out without injury.
Summary of Orlando Area TV News Reports as viewed online:
Wasn't there a fire at Dudley Do Right a few years ago? I could have sworn I saw something in the accident section.
This video shows the fire was NOT on the mountain, which should be good news in the sense that the show building would not have got any strucutral damage. I think this video proves that although Ripsaw Falls will be out of action until maybe June, at least it won't need to be torn down and gone forever:
Just looking at the smoke pouring from it I'd guess it was treated lumber, insulation and plastic to get smoke that dark. I wonder if the results will ever be released to the public, it's hard to say with theme parks they could keep it quiet.
I was there last night - I was on The Flying Hippogryph when it started, actually. We were climbing that initial hill on the ride when myself and a few other adults looked up and pretty much went, "Holy crap, Hogwarts is on fire."
Not one of you guys have any clue what u are talking about...Treated lumber???? What???? That entire ride is made of steel dry-vit and fiberglass... Pressure treated lumber hahhaha. No tree caught fire no one was hurt. Let's all complian cuz we smelled smoke waaaaaaa.... I'm still coughing. Accidents happen its not Universal fault at all. Fires happen atleast there not killing there employees and guests like Disney does.
Snidely Whiplash finally let the bomb explode?
Have you ever seen treated lumber burn? Looks the same way as do both insulation and plastics. So unless you built the place I highly doubt you know what's in it because I sure don't. Although I'd like to see a steal building in Orlando without some kind of insulation and just watch the heat pour from it. Apparently you miss the part where I said "I'd guess it's.." way to jump down someone's throat person with the T-Mobile IP.
it's all FRP over a steel structure. That's why the smoke was black. How do I know? I was there while it was being built.
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