Minor Fire Reported Near New Six Flags Great America Roller Coaster

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    Gerry Vazquez took this footage of a roller coaster station on fire near Six Flags Great America's new roller coaster, Goliath. The small fire was quickly contained and no injuries were reported. (Published Friday, June 6, 2014)

    A minor fire was reported Friday afternoon near the new Goliath wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Illinois, the amusement park confirmed.

    The fire was spotted at the park, at 1 Great America Pkwy, at about 1:30 p.m. Chopper video of the scene showed several roof shingles scorched on a building behind the coaster and firefighters surveying the area.

    Raw: Minor Fire at Six Flags Great America

    [CHI] Raw: Minor Fire at Six Flags Great America
    A small fire was spotted at Six Flags Great America Friday, on the roof of the Goliath roller coaster station. (Published Friday, June 6, 2014)

    "Earlier today there was a small fire on the roof of the Goliath station," Six Flags Great America spokeswoman Katy Enrique said in a statement. "Park personnel quickly contained and extinguished the fire and Gurnee Fire department then responded to investigate."

    Coaster Enthusiasts Get Glimpse of New Ride

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    The upcoming "Goliath" at Six Flags Great America will go 72 miles an hour and features a 165 foot lift and 180 foot plunge. LeeAnn Trotter reports (Published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013)

    Enrique said the roof sustained minimal damage and there were no injuries. It will not affect the opening or future operation of the ride, she said.

    The Gurnee Fire Department declined to comment.

    Goliath is being billed as the world's fastest wooden roller coaster. It was scheduled to open at the start of the park's summer season but was put on hold. A media day to preview the ride was rescheduled for June 18.

    Once open, it will have the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet at a near-vertical 85 degrees. It will reach speeds of 72 mph.

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