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Fire breaks out at Magic Kingdom near Cinderella Castle, prompts an evacuation from one area of the park

It’s not common to see fire trucks driving through a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. When emergency vehicles are needed, they do their best to be inconspicuous if time allows, but yesterday evening, a when small fire broke out at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World, there simply wasn’t time for that.

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According to Jon Shirey, President of the Reedy Creek Firefighters Association, a call for help came from Magic Kingdom to the fire station at approximately 6:45 p.m. last night in regard to an electrical fire that started on a junction box just outside Cinderella Castle. Shirey said that firefighters usually avoid driving through areas like main thoroughfares inside the four theme parks, but due to the nature of the incident at Magic Kingdom Park on Tuesday evening, driving down Main Street was unavoidable.

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When firefighters first arrived on the scene at Cinderella Castle, they immediately noticed a tree on fire near the castle. One Guest, who uses the handle @CameronYeager on Twitter, tweeted about the blaze and emergency vehicles making their way down Main Street U.S.A.: “You ever seen a fire truck and ambulances make their way down Main Street, U.S.A.? Because uh…”

A statement from Disney said that the fire was small and was extinguished quickly. But not before an area near Cinderella Castle had to be evacuated in an effort to keep Guests safe. The area was roped off from Guests in an effort to maintain safety and order and so the responders could extinguish the blaze.

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No injuries or deaths were reported, except for one Disney security guard, who was treated by EMTs after inhaling dry chemicals from a single fire extinguisher. Later on, after the ordeal was over, a Cast Member was taken from the park, seeking non-emergency treatment, according to a spokesperson for the Walt Disney World Resort. Thankfully, there was no harm to any other Cast Member or Guest in the park at the time of the fire.

 

The Orlando Sentinel reports that firefighters said that from the looks of the situation, it’s possible that a firework caused the tree fire, though per the My Disney Experience app, no fireworks shows were scheduled at the time the fire broke out. The fire is still under investigation, and the Fire Marshal will be the one to make the final determination.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!