Fire at Renaissance Festival impacts vendors

11:03 PM, Sep 30, 2011   |    comments
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SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Multiple fire departments were called to the grounds of Renaissance Festival in Shakopee Friday morning, after reports of a blaze in a vendor booth.

The first call came in just after 6:15 a.m. KARE 11 photojournalist Tom Cornell reports that the blaze started in a chicken shack. When crews arrived the structure was fully engulfed, with flames leaping into the sky.

Any size fire on the Renaissance grounds is a challenge due to water availability, and a lack of hydrants. Tanker crews are on the scene from Shakopee, Carver, Chaska, and Scott County.

By the time the flames were put down the chicken shack was a complete loss, and another 30 to 40 yards of vendor booths were also destroyed. Renaissance Festival officials say damage was limited to five food booths of the 124 total food booths on festival grounds.

Due to cleanup on the Renaissance grounds the festival opened an hour later than usual Friday.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Sunday is the last day of the Renaissance Festival.


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