ANAHEIM >> Disneyland’s Mickey & Friends parking structure was evacuated Monday and four workers were hospitalized after several vehicles caught fire, authorities said.
The blaze was reported at 4:37 p.m. and was extinguished about 30 minutes later.
Seven Disney employees suffered from smoke inhalation. Four were taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening and the rest declined to be transported, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department.
Eight cars had major damage – four were a total loss – and one to three more had minor damage, the department said. Police gave an early damage estimate of $180,000.
The fire began on the second story of the 10,000-space structure and its cause was still under investigation. No criminal behavior was suspected.
During the 3-hour evacuation, the trams serving the structure were halted.
For most, the fire was just an inconvenience.
“A lot of people are just tired; they’ve been here all day. It’s more of a nuisance than anything,” Darren Clark, whose family of four couldn’t get to their car because of the shutdown, told KNBC-TV. “I’m kind of hoping it’s not my vehicle.”
People were allowed to return to their vehicles at around 7 p.m., police said.
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