Lagoon Staff Credited for Swift Actions After Fire Breaks out at Frightmares


FARMINGTON, Utah (ABC4 News) Lagoon employees are being credited for handling a very scary moment for some of it’s visitors after prop caught fire at the Frightmares attraction Saturday night. 

One of those guests, Kyle Stringham, captured the event as it unfolded Saturday night around 8 p.m. on his phone. 

“The fire took place in the night walk haunted house. My wife and I were actually midway through the haunted house when we came into a large room with a 12 foot tall Grim Reaper that when we looked up the face actually caught on fire and that ignited the ceiling and the cloak it was wearing and the entire room started,” said Stringham.  “My wife and I were evacuated immediately and all the people inside of the haunted house were pulled through the fire exits and push to safety.”

Farmington Fire Chief Guido Smith said they were dispatched to the area at about 8:25 p.m. and were on scene within five minutes. When crews arrived, the fire had already been extinguished by the employees and security staff at the park. 

“Those that responded to the fire told me the staff did an outstanding job and had safely evacuated the haunted house before they arrived,” Smith said.
“One of the challenges we have as a fire department is often having to do with crowds and having to mitigate to the area without being slowed down by crowds, but security had people cleared out. Staff and maintenance crews responded rapidly did an outstanding job in putting the fire out and keeping it contained.”
Smith said all Lagoon employees receive fire extinguisher training and these employees proved they take their training seriously.
“People want to stand around and watch instead of getting to safety. Sometimes you have to be stern and demanding to get spectators to listen and to get out of the way and this time, we really have to credit the staff for an great job in keeping the visitors safe,” Smith said. 
The prop that caught fire was a mechanical Grim Reaper that was on the outside of the haunted house. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 
An estimate of damages is yet to be determined. 
We are still waiting on a representative from Lagoon for more information and will update when more information is available. 

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