Historic roller coaster in western Pa. destroyed in fire

Pennsylvania

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Pa (WHTM) — A demolition mishap set a roller coaster on fire in western Pennsylvania.

The fire happened at Conneaut Lake Park in Crawford County, where the Blue Streak roller coaster stood since the 1930s.

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The park’s owner was dismantling the coaster and setting debris on fire in a controlled burn. Investigators say winds spread the flames to the coaster. Residents considered the coaster a historic piece of the park, and part of their childhood.

“I was very surprised that there is a fire. I didn’t even know they are tearing down the Blue Streak and doing a controlled burn. It’s a shame that it’s getting out of control,” resident Spencer Boyd said.

“I think it’s terrible. I think it was an American treasure. It’s sad but it is his park so what are you going to do,” Conneaut Lake Resident Ed Fabin said.

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