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Monorail Fire In Disney World Forces Evacuation Of 200 Vacationers

June 27, 1985 GMT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) _ The rear car of a packed monorail at Walt Disney World caught fire Wednesday night, and rescuers safely removed about 200 people from the train 20-feet above the ground, officials said.

The evacuation was orderly and no injuries were reported, Walt Disney World spokesman Rod Madden said.

″There may have been some minor smoke inhalation,″ he said. ″But nobody reported any injuries.″

He said an investigation will be done to determine the cause of the fire on the rear car on the five-car monorail, which was en route from EPCOT Center to the ticket and parking area of the amusement park.

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The fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m. when the driver of a security vehicle driving along the main entrance road noticed flames coming from the train, Madden said.

The security official notified the driver, who immediately stopped the train. Rescuers from the Reedy Creek Fire Department quickly began evacuating the passengers.

″The passengers in (the burning) car, approximately 40 people, were able to knock out a window or windows and climb to the roof of the train and await evacuation,″ Madden said.

Fire department lift trucks were used to bring those 40 and about 160 people in the other four cars to the ground, Madden said. The operation took about an hour.

The train was filled to capacity when the accident occurred, he said.

″This is a first (monorail fire) at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland, spanning a period of 30 years,″ Madden said.