Fire rips through Germany’s largest theme park endangering hundreds of lives
DRAMATIC pictures show smoke billowing into the sky above Europa-Park in the southern town of Rust in Germany.
Witnesses said the flames reached 50ft high and some of the rides were also on fire, according to The Sun.
The blaze sparked an evacuation as guests fled for their lives, with more than 250 firefighters descending on the scene.
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While the fire is now believed to be under control, Michael Wege from the fire department in the Ortenau region’s control centre originally told the media: “The fire is still spreading strongly.
“We are not in control of the situation yet — we are in the process of drafting more forces.”
A sad day for europapark thanks to all who help us to save our life’s work! Can’t express my feelings.Lost Batavia and Norway completely-but so far no person beeing hurt
Das waren seine Worte. Er wird wohl kaum das Land Norwegen gemeint haben….
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No injuries have been reported so far, and it has been confirmed by authorities that the blaze started in a warehouse before spreading to another attraction. From there it spread further, with flames rapidly leaping to numerous other attractions. There were almost 500 operational forces in use overall. They also confirmed there are no injured visitors.
Europa-Park’s official Twitter account tweeted: “Dear visitors, at present there is a fire at the attraction ‘The Pirates of Batavia’.
“Please avoid the Scandinavia area. We will get back to you shortly. Thank you.”
Die Medienverteter bekommen nun Informationen über den Ablauf der heutigen Situation. Der Brand ist in einer Lagerhalle aufgetreten und auf eine Attraktion übergangen. Es waren knapp 500 Einsatzkräfte im Einsatz. Nach aktuellem Kenntnisstand gibt es keine verletzten Besucher.
— Europa-Park Sprecher (@ep_sprecher) May 26, 2018
It later added: “The subject area Scandinavia has been extensively evacuated in the meantime.
“The forces are on-site and work hard to prevent the fire from spreading.”
This story was originally published in The Sun and is republished with permission.