Australia · Crime Scene Photography · Disasters

A fire on an amusement park ride claims the lives of 6 children and 1 adult

June 9, 1979
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
A fire consumes the ghost train ride at Luna Park Sydney, killing 7

The ride, which was constructed in 1931, was understaffed and had inadequate fire prevention systems. These unaddressed concerns led to the complete destruction of the ride. Approximately 35 people were on the ride at the time of the fire, and firefighters initially believed all had successfully escaped. After the fire had been extinguished, however, the bodies of John Godson, his two children Damien and Craig, and four local students, Jonathon Billings, Richard Carroll, Michael Johnson, and Seamus Rahilly, were found.

Though an investigation was conducted, it could not be determined if the fire was a result of arson or faulty electronics. The fire caused the park to close until it was bought by new owners in 1982. The fire investigation was reopened in 1987, though no new evidence was found.

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