Fire at Whalom Park Saturday night

Fire at Whalom Park Saturday night

Post by Mark S. Chest » Tue, 05 Mar 2002 02:03:50


Hello, coaster and park lovers:

I have followed the discussion here on RRC for almost a couple of
years now, but have never posted, largely because my interests are
very narrow, limited strictly to traditional parks and traditional
rides.  I met many of you at Knoebel's for the PPP in October 2000,
and that day still stands out as one of the best ever.  But I will
have to save my introduction for another time.

I am prompted to post this today because it has not yet hit the news,
and I know many of you will share my anguish.  I received a call at
approximately 12:30 AM this morning from a friend in Lunenburg, Mark
Thompson.  He was a tremendous help when I purchased the
merry-go-round frame at Whalom that last season and refurbished and
opened it.  He is one set of local "eyes" keeping watch on things at
the park for me.  When I received the call at that hour I knew it was
not going to be good.  He had picked up a report on his scanner at
10:50 PM that the ballroom at Whalom was on fire.  He raced over there
(less than 2 miles from his home) and reports that it was "fully
involved."  I am not aware how bad the damage is; my feeling is that
any damage is a bad thing as it was one of the most attractive and
useful buildings left in the park.  I haven't heard any more info than
that.

It is also my understanding that the Flyer Comet roller coaster, whose
south end and loading station entrance is within twenty-five feet of
the fire scene, likely suffered no damage, as the firefighters aimed
streams of water on it as well to keep it from catching.  A rainy
night also helped to contain the extent of the damage.

Of course, with the current state of the park, and its future in the
balance, how this will affect things can't be determined.  It would be
a setback for some specific plans I would have liked to see
implemented for that building, whether or not Allyson's effort to save
the park succeeds.  However, only the Bowens could say how it would
affect their plans.  Yet, every problem also presents an opportunity.
This may present several of each, but the very least is underscoring
the need for people to get involved to save the park from development
before any more is lost.  I would hope, but can't predict or control,
that a renewed tide of publicity for the preservation effort flows out
of this tragedy.  (Of course, the naysayers will point to the park as
a "deepening blight" that "urgently needs to be dealt with."  How can
that type of person enjoy anything in life?)

I am hoping that a rising level of public sentiment comes out of this.
 May help to keep the greedy developer(s) at bay.

More to follow.

Best regards,
Mark

 
 
 

Fire at Whalom Park Saturday night

Post by Mark S. Chest » Tue, 05 Mar 2002 06:40:40

As a follow up to my prior message, I received some digital pictures
taken this morning by my friend Mark Thompson.  He said that no
buildings other than the dance hall were involved.  But it is obvious
from the pictures that it is a total loss - burned down to the level
of the dance floor, with only part of the charred framing of the front
wall standing.  :'-(

The Flyer Comet appears unharmed.

The movement to save the park and thwart development will, and should,
continue full steam ahead, with a new sense of urgency.
www.savewhalompark.com

Mark

 
 
 

Fire at Whalom Park Saturday night

Post by Wolf » Tue, 05 Mar 2002 06:43:23

Quote:
> It is also my understanding that the Flyer Comet roller coaster, whose
> south end and loading station entrance is within twenty-five feet of
> the fire scene, likely suffered no damage, as the firefighters aimed
> streams of water on it as well to keep it from catching.  A rainy
> night also helped to contain the extent of the damage.

> Of course, with the current state of the park, and its future in the
> balance, how this will affect things can't be determined.  It would be
> a setback for some specific plans I would have liked to see
> implemented for that building, whether or not Allyson's effort to save
> the park succeeds.  However, only the Bowens could say how it would
> affect their plans.  Yet, every problem also presents an opportunity.
> This may present several of each, but the very least is underscoring
> the need for people to get involved to save the park from development
> before any more is lost.  I would hope, but can't predict or control,
> that a renewed tide of publicity for the preservation effort flows out
> of this tragedy.  (Of course, the naysayers will point to the park as
> a "deepening blight" that "urgently needs to be dealt with."  How can
> that type of person enjoy anything in life?)

> I am hoping that a rising level of public sentiment comes out of this.
>  May help to keep the greedy developer(s) at bay.

Wonder which side of the sales burned the park this time...

It seems that a lot of old parks up for sale end up on fire, for one reason
or another.
-Wolf

 
 
 

Fire at Whalom Park Saturday night

Post by Bruce Turne » Tue, 05 Mar 2002 13:59:01

Channel 7 in Boston had video of what was left of the structure that burned
, it looked leveled. The Flyer Comet didn't look like it sustained any
damage. If you put yourself right in front of the entrance to the Flyer
Comet and hold you right arm out, that's the building that burned.

I will have to go to WHDH's web site in Boston to see if the news footage
has been archived yet.

Bruce................................


Quote:
> > It is also my understanding that the Flyer Comet roller coaster, whose
> > south end and loading station entrance is within twenty-five feet of
> > the fire scene, likely suffered no damage, as the firefighters aimed
> > streams of water on it as well to keep it from catching.  A rainy
> > night also helped to contain the extent of the damage.

> > Of course, with the current state of the park, and its future in the
> > balance, how this will affect things can't be determined.  It would be
> > a setback for some specific plans I would have liked to see
> > implemented for that building, whether or not Allyson's effort to save
> > the park succeeds.  However, only the Bowens could say how it would
> > affect their plans.  Yet, every problem also presents an opportunity.
> > This may present several of each, but the very least is underscoring
> > the need for people to get involved to save the park from development
> > before any more is lost.  I would hope, but can't predict or control,
> > that a renewed tide of publicity for the preservation effort flows out
> > of this tragedy.  (Of course, the naysayers will point to the park as
> > a "deepening blight" that "urgently needs to be dealt with."  How can
> > that type of person enjoy anything in life?)

> > I am hoping that a rising level of public sentiment comes out of this.
> >  May help to keep the greedy developer(s) at bay.

> Wonder which side of the sales burned the park this time...

> It seems that a lot of old parks up for sale end up on fire, for one
reason
> or another.
> -Wolf

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Fire at Whalom Park Saturday night

Post by Bruce Turne » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 00:49:46

Channel 7 WHDH finally got the 11pm news archived , link to the page is
http://www.whdh.com/video/   Once there click on Sunday 11pm , the Whalom
clip starts around 13:38 on the minute counter , it's only about 20 seconds
or so.

Bruce.......................


Quote:
> Channel 7 in Boston had video of what was left of the structure that
burned
> , it looked leveled. The Flyer Comet didn't look like it sustained any
> damage. If you put yourself right in front of the entrance to the Flyer
> Comet and hold you right arm out, that's the building that burned.

> I will have to go to WHDH's web site in Boston to see if the news footage
> has been archived yet.

> Bruce................................



> > > It is also my understanding that the Flyer Comet roller coaster, whose
> > > south end and loading station entrance is within twenty-five feet of
> > > the fire scene, likely suffered no damage, as the firefighters aimed
> > > streams of water on it as well to keep it from catching.  A rainy
> > > night also helped to contain the extent of the damage.

> > > Of course, with the current state of the park, and its future in the
> > > balance, how this will affect things can't be determined.  It would be
> > > a setback for some specific plans I would have liked to see
> > > implemented for that building, whether or not Allyson's effort to save
> > > the park succeeds.  However, only the Bowens could say how it would
> > > affect their plans.  Yet, every problem also presents an opportunity.
> > > This may present several of each, but the very least is underscoring
> > > the need for people to get involved to save the park from development
> > > before any more is lost.  I would hope, but can't predict or control,
> > > that a renewed tide of publicity for the preservation effort flows out
> > > of this tragedy.  (Of course, the naysayers will point to the park as
> > > a "deepening blight" that "urgently needs to be dealt with."  How can
> > > that type of person enjoy anything in life?)

> > > I am hoping that a rising level of public sentiment comes out of this.
> > >  May help to keep the greedy developer(s) at bay.

> > Wonder which side of the sales burned the park this time...

> > It seems that a lot of old parks up for sale end up on fire, for one
> reason
> > or another.
> > -Wolf

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Fire at Whalom Park Saturday night

Post by Shawn Mamr » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 01:55:15

This link will probably only be good for 24 hours or so, but it's an
article from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on the Whalom ballroom
fire:

http://www.telegram.com/news/page_one/whalom.html

The state fire marshal's office is investigating for arson, which may
be linked to some recent vandalism at the park.

-Shawn Mamros

 
 
 

Fire at Whalom Park Saturday night

Post by Bruce Turne » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 13:40:20

Whalom Park made the 6pm Monday night news on WHDH in Boston, it ran about 1
minute long, the fire is being investigated. My guess is that the newscast
will be available Tuesday , the link http://www.whdh.com/video/

Bruce...............................................


Quote:

> Channel 7 WHDH finally got the 11pm news archived , link to the page is
> http://www.whdh.com/video/   Once there click on Sunday 11pm , the Whalom
> clip starts around 13:38 on the minute counter , it's only about 20
seconds
> or so.

> Bruce.......................



> > Channel 7 in Boston had video of what was left of the structure that
> burned
> > , it looked leveled. The Flyer Comet didn't look like it sustained any
> > damage. If you put yourself right in front of the entrance to the Flyer
> > Comet and hold you right arm out, that's the building that burned.

> > I will have to go to WHDH's web site in Boston to see if the news
footage
> > has been archived yet.

> > Bruce................................



> > > > It is also my understanding that the Flyer Comet roller coaster,
whose
> > > > south end and loading station entrance is within twenty-five feet of
> > > > the fire scene, likely suffered no damage, as the firefighters aimed
> > > > streams of water on it as well to keep it from catching.  A rainy
> > > > night also helped to contain the extent of the damage.

> > > > Of course, with the current state of the park, and its future in the
> > > > balance, how this will affect things can't be determined.  It would
be
> > > > a setback for some specific plans I would have liked to see
> > > > implemented for that building, whether or not Allyson's effort to
save
> > > > the park succeeds.  However, only the Bowens could say how it would
> > > > affect their plans.  Yet, every problem also presents an
opportunity.
> > > > This may present several of each, but the very least is underscoring
> > > > the need for people to get involved to save the park from
development
> > > > before any more is lost.  I would hope, but can't predict or
control,
> > > > that a renewed tide of publicity for the preservation effort flows
out
> > > > of this tragedy.  (Of course, the naysayers will point to the park
as
> > > > a "deepening blight" that "urgently needs to be dealt with."  How
can
> > > > that type of person enjoy anything in life?)

> > > > I am hoping that a rising level of public sentiment comes out of
this.
> > > >  May help to keep the greedy developer(s) at bay.

> > > Wonder which side of the sales burned the park this time...

> > > It seems that a lot of old parks up for sale end up on fire, for one
> > reason
> > > or another.
> > > -Wolf

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