Lift Catches Fire and Burns in Europe

Lift Catches Fire and Burns in Europe

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Lift Catches Fire and Burns in Europe

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Cover Photo | La République des Pyrénées

Liftblog.com is reporting that yet another European chairlift has caught fire.  The latest fire engulfed a Doppelmayr six pack called “Le Family” at the La Pierre-Saint-Martin in the French Pyrenees.

The lift, which was built in 2014 at a cost of €7 million, looks to be a complete loss. The fire burned so strongly that the steel haul rope appears to have snapped with chairs on the line.

This is the third fire to engulf a European chairlift in four months. A fire destroyed two aerial tramways near Chamonix in September and another fire on December 3rd burned the bottom terminal of a 10 passenger gondola in Zillertal, Austria.

Photo credit: Quentin Top

Thankfully the fire erupted after the lift had closed for the day and no one was injured. The caused of the fire is still under investigation.

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