Europa Park, the park's chief executive reported today.A major fire has destroyed at least one attraction at Germany's
The blaze has consumed the show building for the Pirates in Batavia dark ride. Visitors captured the conflagration and posted images to social media.
Breaking News:— EuropaStreet (@EuropaStreet) May 26, 2018
Major fire currently happening in what looks to be the Scandinavia area of the park. More details to follow when we get them. pic.twitter.com/p4se5af9lJ
Michael Mack, the CEO of the park, reported that the Batavia ride was lost, then thanked the first responders who helped evacuate the area safely and protect the rest of the theme park.
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— Michael Mack (@MichaelMack) May 26, 2018
As Mack noted, there have been no reported injuries so far. Europa Park is Europe's second most-visited theme park, following Disneyland Paris. It drew 5.7 million visitors last year, according to the most recent TEA/AECOM Theme Index report, making it the 21st most-visited theme park in the world.
Pirates in Batavia opened in 1987 and offered a seven-minute boat ride through the "exotic East Indian seaport of Batavia." It was located in the Netherlands section of the park. Tweets from the park's PR department stated the fire appeared to start in a warehouse, then spread to the Pirates attraction building. It also burned structures in the adjacent Scandinavia land of the park. The park will open as scheduled tomorrow.
Update: Local authorities report that three firefighters suffered smoke inhalation, but that no park visitors or employees were injured. About 250 firefighters were on scene and although the fire continued to burn early Sunday morning (German time), it was brought under control on Saturday night.
Update 2: Here's the latest from the park on what remains closed, including the Netherlands and Scandinavia lands.Tweet
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