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French Chairlift Catches Fire

Early this week, a six-pack chairlift in the French ski resort La Pierre-Saint-Martin caught fire and melted the haul rope, dropping chairs to the ground. Fortunately the fire occurred after hours and nobody was on the lift.

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This marks the third time in four months that a ski lift has caught fire in Europe, after the Grands Montets tramway burned down in Chamonix, and a 10-passenger gondola was damaged in a blaze in Zillertal, Austria. The cause of the French fire remains under investigation, and roughly 40 percent of Pyrenean ski area is now inaccessible via lift. 

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