- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

RYE, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s historic Playland carousel will be closed for the rest of the year following a fire.

Westchester County Deputy Parks Commissioner Peter Tartaglia tells the Journal News (https://lohud.us/2tT7I3s ) that the fire Sunday was caused by an electrical spark from a light at the base of the carousel’s domed roof.

The flames didn’t touch the carved wooden horses but some were damaged by firefighting water.

Westchester County, which owns the 1920s amusement park, already had planned to renovate several rides including the 102-year-old carousel.

Playland, the only Art Deco amusement park in America, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Its modest collection of rides and attractions evokes a simpler time. It even holds a place in Hollywood history: Playland was featured in the 1988 Tom Hanks movie “Big.”

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Information from: The Journal News, https://www.lohud.com


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