Building fire under control at Joyland Amusement Park

WICHITA, Kansas -- A building fire broke out at the old Joyland Amusement Park Friday evening and investigators say this isn’t the fire time.

It happened in the 2800 block of South Hillside.

Joyland Amusement Park closed in 2004 and since then there’s been a history of fires and vandalism.

The fire burned for a couple of hours, but firefighters say it was contained to a two story building on the property.

That building used to house the skee-ball area.

“There’s a lot of memories burning right now,” said a male Joyland fan.

“It is kind of sad because I grew up going to Joyland and stuff,” said a female Joyland fan. “It’s the first time I’ve seen it on fire and stuff.”

Sedgwick County 911 dispatchers say the fire started around six Friday evening. Fire crews arrived on scene and reported seeing heavy black smoke.

“We use to come down here after school during the fall and have like a fun night down here and the schools would come down here,” said a male Joyland fan. “You pay one price and you can ride the rides all night long.”

This will be the fourth fire at Joyland in recent years. Joyland was set on fire back in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Those cases were determined to be arson.

“We’ll have crews on the scene all night long just so they’ll be hotspots,” said Tammy Snow, Wichita Fire Department. “Some of the wall has collapsed down. Some of them are on the ground. It will ignite periodically so we’ll have crews on the scene all night.”

There were efforts to reopen Joyland, but attempts failed.

Investigators say no was hurt.

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