NEWS: Fire at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Firefighters responded to a blaze that damaged the iconic Colossus roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain Monday afternoon, a little over three weeks after the ride closed for renovations.

Flames charred a portion of the closed Colossus, collapsing the track, on Sept. 8, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was called to the scene at the amusement park in Santa Clarita just after 1:30 p.m., fire Inspector Scott Miller said.

Photos posted to Twitter showed a column of smoke appearing to rise from a high point on the ride.

When Sky5 arrived, an elevated portion of the wooden track of the roller coaster was charred black. As planks began to fall to the ground below, part of the track completely collapsed.

Several fire engines were on scene and firefighters were dousing the flames.

The park was closed Monday.

The famous Colossus roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia caught fire on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The wooden coaster ceased operating in mid-August after 36 years. It was set to be replaced by a hybrid ride called “Twisted Colossus.”

The popular ride dropped 100 feet and reached speeds of up to 60 mph.

Contractors had been working on disassembly of the ride, the amusement park stated on Twitter of the fire.

The “top of the lift hill” caught fire and the blaze was put out by 2:12 p.m., the park stated.

“There are no injuries and the fire is contained,” Six Flags stated. “Colossus is currently undergoing a transformation and has been closed since August 17.”

Updated: September 8, 2014 — 9:26 pm

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