Six Flags coaster catches fire

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Gurnee firefighters were at Six Flags Great America on Friday afternoon after roof shingles caught fire on a structure attached to the park’s new wooden roller coaster, Goliath.

Those shingles, located above the station where passengers eventually will board the soon-to-be-opened coaster, caught fire sometime around 2 p.m. Friday, said Gurnee Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Pellitteri.

Park employees quickly extinguished the small fire by pulling the burning shingles off the roof before firefighters arrived, Pellitteri said. No one was injured, he added.

The fire caused minor damage to the roof and will not affect the ride’s planned opening, said park spokeswoman Katy Enrique. The opening had previously been pushed back because of “delays in the final touches,” Enrique said.

Park officials have touted Goliath as the “world’s fastest wooden roller coaster with the tallest and steepest drop.”

Gurnee fire investigators are still determining the cause of the fire, Pellitteri said, and should have a report completed by next week.

Chicago Tribune reporting

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