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Firefighters work to save historic carousel horses after Lagoon building fire

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Posted at 9:55 AM, Dec 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-19 00:45:02-05

FARMINGTON, Utah — A building at Lagoon caught fire Saturday morning, causing possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

The fire broke out around 8 a.m. at the candy shop in the amusement park's Midway area, a Lagoon spokesperson told FOX 13.

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An employee had smelled smoke, then soon discovered the fire and called 9-1-1.

When firefighters arrived about four minutes later, there were visible flames and smoke. They had the fire fully controlled after about two hours. The damage was contained to only one structure, Farmington City Fire Chief Guido Smith said.

After the fire was out, crews began working on "overhaul operations" to save "historic components" that were inside the building — especially carousel horses, Smith said.

Crews also worked to secure the building so investigators would safely be able to determine the cause and damage estimate.

"At this time it's really difficult to say, but it would not be surprising if [the damage] were in the hundreds of thousands of dollars," Smith said.

No one was injured in the fire or emergency response process. The park is closed for the season, and Smith said there were only some maintenance workers and minimal other staff.