In Australia, seven people met a macabre death, when fire swept through the ghost train ride of the Luna amusement park in Sydney lat on Saturday (9 June).
GV Fire burning at Luna Park, Sydney at night (2 shots)
CU Eyewitness, Elena Juhaszi talking in English
GV AND TILT DOWN Fire engine entering gate to amusement park and police vehicles and ambulances arriving (5 shots)
SV Firemen rolling out hoses as other rescue vehicles arrive (2 shots)
GV & SV Rescue workers sifting through debris the following day (2 shots)
TV Firemen standing among wreckage of ghost train
GV Amusement park TILT DOWN TO wreckage and rescue workers
LV Rescue workers cutting through wreckage in search of bodies
GV & AERIAL VIEW Amusement park and burnt out ghost train site (2 shots)
DE LA LANDE: "More than thirty people were riding the train when attendants saw black smoke pouring from entries and exits of the building. Seconds later empty carriages emerged in flames. And while one attendant raised the alarm, others raced inside to escort patrons through the twisting maze."
JUHASZI: "The place just went up. People in it and all. Flames were just gushing out and smoke heavy. Like Frank and I were choking just about. Even now I can't breathe properly because the smoke's still in my lungs. The place just went up."
DE LA LANDE: ":Fifteen minutes later, additional fire units arrived along with police rescue squads and a dozen ambulances. At this stage there was no idea how many people were trapped inside. Three quarters of an hour after the smoke was first noticed, the blaze was brought under control and extinguished before midnight. Then the search for bodies began. Almost immediately four bodies were found -- those of a twenty-nine year-old man, and his two children aged four and six. The other, a child, is still unidentified. Police believed another five bodies could still be in the building, following calls from parents concerned that their children hadn't arrived home. But, as the hours passed, and the site was cleared of rubble, it became apparent that seven would be the final count. The search was called off altogether at one p.m. Late this afternoon (10 June), police issued a statement, blaming an electrical fault for the tragedy. They also said it would be the subject of a coroner's inquest at the earliest possible date. As for the New South Wales government, it will almost certainly commission a full enquiry to ensure that this sort of tragedy never happens again."
REPORTER: BOB DE LA LANDE
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Background: In Australia, seven people met a macabre death, when fire swept through the ghost train ride of the Luna amusement park in Sydney lat on Saturday (9 June). Attendants are used to screams coming from ghost train riders and took some time to realise something was wrong. Police say the fire was caused by an electrical fault. They believe the victims met a horrifying end -- blundering past ghostly figures as they tried to find a way out of the smoke-filled darkness. Bob de la Lande of Channel Nine, Sydney, reports.