fire destroys country’s largest amusement park, one person missing

Sixteen people were slightly injured and treated but none were hospitalized.


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The fire in an amusement park in Sweden, February 12, 2024. (BJORN LARSSON ROSVALL / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP)

A major fire ravaged Sweden’s largest amusement park in Gothenburg on Monday February 12, largely destroying a new aquatic area, authorities announced. In the evening, the police reported “the disappearance of a person in connection with the fire” And “continue the search to find her”. That person “working on this project” aquatic area of ​​the Liseberg park, said the park management in a press release.

Local media footage of the fire Monday morning showed exploding fireballs, flames and several explosions destroying a water slide, while a cloud of black smoke rose above the city. Sixteen people were slightly injured and treated but none were hospitalized, police said.

A hotel and adjacent offices at this amusement park located in central Gothenburg were evacuated. It’s about “a structural fire which will take time to extinguish” and the extinguishing work will last until Tuesday morning, according to the emergency response services of Gothenburg, which specifies in an evening press release that“a little smoke is still coming out.”

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