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Fire at Pennsylvania amusement park damages roller coaster

CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. — A fire at a northwestern Pennsylvania amusement park has damaged a wooden roller coaster built more than eight decades ago.

WICU-TV says reports from Conneaut Lake Park late Tuesday afternoon indicated that a controlled burn near the carousel got out of hand. The station says the fire spread to nearby buildings and structures, including part of the Blue Streak roller coaster.

The coaster was built in 1937 and has been opened and closed a number of times over the years.

Conneaut Lake Park has operated as an amusement park since 1892, when it opened as Exposition Park, but has been closed during years of financial difficulty.