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Fire prompts evacuations at popular Swedish theme park

  • A fire broke out on Monday at a water park under construction at Liseberg Park in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Due to the smoke, people in the area were advised to stay indoors and close doors, windows and fans.
  • Nearby hotels and office buildings were evacuated, with debris flying from the fire’s explosion.

A fire broke out at a water park under construction at one of the Nordic region’s largest amusement parks on Monday, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the air over Gothenberg, Sweden’s second-largest city.

The fire spread to several unopened waterslides at Liseberg Park, and police and fire officials could not immediately say whether there were any casualties.

The fire department urged people in smoke-affected areas to “go indoors, close doors, windows and fans” and listen to local radio.

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Nearby hotels and office facilities were evacuated, according to the park and police. The explosion scattered building debris on top of the flaming waterslide.

Smoke is seen after a fire broke out at Oceana, the new water park at Liseberg Theme Park in Gothenburg, Sweden, on February 12, 2024. The fire spread throughout the water park, and police and fire officials could not immediately say whether the fire started. There were no casualties. (Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT News Agency, via AP)

Liseberg’s communications director Morten Westlund told daily newspaper Aftonbladet: “We have no information that anyone was injured. We are currently in the process of confirming that fact.”

The fire occurred at Oceana Water Park, which was scheduled to open this summer. Swedish news agency TT said it cost $10.6 million to build.

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The fire started in a part of the complex that has four large slides, Westlund said.

Liseberg, located in downtown Gothenburg, is a popular tourist destination in Sweden.

The idea behind Oceana is inspired by the history of Gothenburg, which was founded in 1621 by King Gustav II Adolf. The city became an important trading center for Sweden.

Once completed, Oceana would have approximately 7,176 square yards of indoor swimming and 4,780 square yards of outdoor swimming facilities. Restaurants and hotels are also planned. The park says up to 1,750 guests can visit the park at one time.

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