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Busch Gardens employee sustains minor injuries from train fire

(WYDaily/Courtesy Busch Gardens)
(WYDaily/Courtesy Busch Gardens)

A Busch Gardens employee was injured Thursday afternoon after the park’s train caught fire.

Firefighters from James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg responded to the park Thursday afternoon and were still on scene around 4:40 p.m., fire officials said in a James City County news release.

Busch Gardens also released a statement on the fire around 5:15 p.m.

“A train that was not in service caught fire today, Aug. 16, behind-the-scenes in the New France area of Busch Gardens Williamsburg,” read the statement, sent by park spokeswoman Cindy Sarko.

“James City County Fire Rescue responded immediately and the fire has been contained. There were no guests or animals involved and all surrounding areas have been evacuated. One Busch Gardens ambassador sustained minor injuries and was taken for medical treatment as a precaution. The safety of our guests, ambassadors and animals remains our top priority.”

This story is breaking and will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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