HUSS Enterprise catches fire; 37 suffer burns [video links]

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HUSS Enterprise catches fire; 37 suffer burns [video links]

Postby Zamperla » Tue May 22, 2007 6:31 pm

Enterprise catches fire; 37 suffer burns

(Friday, May 18, 2007) - In Rakvere, Estonia, an Enterprise-type amusement ride somehow caught fire, leaving 37 people with burn and smoke inhalation injuries. The victims, six of whom suffered serious injuries, were rushed to local hospitals where they were treated and released within 24 hours.

The carnival is operated by Tivoli Tuur. The carnival manager suggested that arson could be to blame, but no evidence of arson has been found in preliminary investigations.

The ride consists of twenty 2-passenger gondolas which are suspended from the outside of a wheel that is raised to a vertical position while spinning at high speed. The fire broke out while the ride was operating at full speed.

A criminal investigation is also underway.

The ride passed its last inspection in Sweden last month.

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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=abb_1179665585

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aySJYgf8XZw

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Postby princess » Wed May 23, 2007 9:25 am

That is terrible footage Zamperla, being locked in a cage and not being abel to get out, it appeared to me that the cages went trough the fire at each rotation, is this what everyone else saw, unbelievable that no one died in this.

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Postby Vee » Wed May 23, 2007 9:43 am

My thoughts also, Princess

Would be a genuinely terrifying ride

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Postby Zamperla » Wed May 23, 2007 10:05 am

Yes it is quite amazing that most were released from hospital within 48hrs, and no fatalities. From the sudden ferocity of the flames it looks like some sort of accelerant had to have fueled it.

Also, if the operator had pushed the emergency stop or the power had cut out due to the fire, it would've cut the power out to the hydraulics which would've brought the ride to a rolling stop (thus the reason it appeared to continue operating while on fire) - if the ride had power, it would've been much quicker to stop it using the reverse hydraulic brakes, as is done at the end of the ride cycle.

It will be interesting to see what the investigation brings.

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Postby benclare » Wed May 23, 2007 10:33 am

I sure won't be thinking about this incident next time I ride the Enterprise. I hope no one deliberately started that fire, only a very twisted person would think that was a good idea. I guess it takes all types to make a world. :shock:

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Postby Hurricane » Wed May 23, 2007 2:52 pm

:shock: I think thats all I need to say...

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Postby Hurricane » Wed May 23, 2007 9:38 pm

Here is a image of what the ride looks like now:

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Postby princess » Thu May 24, 2007 7:08 am

Amazing, talk about a hot seat.

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Postby Hurricane » Thu May 24, 2007 3:45 pm

Yes... Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Anyone?

Thank Goodness I only have a crappy SDC one to ride, not a HUSS one :P

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Postby Zamperla » Thu May 24, 2007 3:57 pm

If the fire had've happened on an SDC unit, the gondola would not look as good as it did in that burnt out photo (those chrome rails are rust-proof and fireproof by the look of it - at one point they were the only metal objects in Melb Luna Park without rust on them)

The occupants for the most part would've been protected by the floors of the cars.

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