One of the most iconic roller coasters on the West Coast of the United States caught fire yesterday while transformation work was going on at Six Flags Magic Mountain. According to Time, work was being done on the famous wooden coaster near the peak of the lift hill when a fire started near the top. The coaster is in the process of being transformed into a new ride called Twisted Colossus. As firefighters were fighting the blaze, the high powered water hoses caused a section of the track and coaster to collapse. Los Angeles County Fire was sent to the scene and quickly put out the blaze.
According to the article, the park was closed at the time and there were no injuries to report. The coaster had been closed since August 17th as it was undergoing the transformation to the new ride. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but early reports are saying that it was started by welders who were doing work on transforming the track into the hybrid steel-wood coaster that it will become over the next year. Contractors had been working on disassembly of the ride when the “top of the lift hill” caught fire, the amusement park stated on Twitter.
The park released a statement saying that the fire is a unfortunate event, but the construction will proceed and the coaster is still slated on opening in 2015.