EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCamden Park Reopens After Weekend Fire
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 23, 2013 10:24 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 9:46 AM EDT
Huntington , Wayne County , West Virginia
The Log Flume is splashing, and "The Whip" is whirling. Camden Park ride supervisor Ed Stephens said, "Other than missing the bumper cars we are back in business as usual."
The sounds in the park Tuesday were definitely more welcome sounds than the crackles of fire that destroyed the historic Dodgem' Cars ride this weekend. It's been a fixture at Camden Park for more than 60 years. Stephens said, "Most people that were in the Tri-state area at one time or another rode the bumper cars."
He said he has fond memories himself. "I rode it as a kid, I ran it when I was 18 years old as a kid an worked here."
Several of our views even shared pictures of their own Dodgem' cars memories on the "See it Shoot it Send it" section of our web site on wchstv.com.
The fire didn't stop the crowds here early Tuesday. Candace Smith and her family came from Dunlow to ride rides. "We needed family time, and it's good to come somewhere we can all get together and have fun."
Smith used to work here, and brought her baby, Amiyah, for her first park experience. "It's just something fun. They have a lot of children's rides and stuff that she can get on with me," she said.
And as crews continue to clear charred debris from the scene of the fire, the memories of what once stood there remain bright.
"People love Camden Park. I'm sure the people in this community are real sorry to see this happen, because it was a part of their history too. I mean it belonged to all of us and we all loved it," Stephens said.
Huntington's Camden Park was scheduled to reopen Tuesday morning without a long-standing ride that was destroyed by a fire.
On Monday, the cleanup continued from that fire that happened this weekend and destroyed the Dodgem' cars ride.
Park owners said the fire started after a storm caused a power surge overnight Saturday. The bumper cars were one of the most historic rides at the park and had been around since the 1940s.
Manager Jack Boylin said park officials will do their best to bring back a modern day version of the ride.
Meanwhile, people who have grown up with fond memories of the park are sad over the loss of such a nostalgic piece of their lives.
The park was expected to reopen at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
We have an update on the fire that broke out early Sunday morning at Camden Park in Wayne County.
Workers at the park say the Dodgem' Cars ride caught on fire around 2:30 a.m..
Workers say an exact cause of the fire has not been determined, but they believe it could be electrical. They say Ceredo had a power outage on Saturday night, and when the power came back on, there might have been a power surge that started the fire.
The Dodgem' Cars ride is a complete loss. Two buildings near the ride also suffered minor damage.
Workers say the park will reopen on Tuesday.
We have a crew working on this story. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more information.
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