A blaze quickly engulfed the Norway-themed section at Europe’s second most visited amusement park.
Fire quickly engulfed a sizeable section of Europa-Park Rust, Europe’s second most visited amusement complex after Disneyland Paris on Saturday. A popular part of the park, called Norway, was destroyed.
Despite the size of the fire, no one was seriously injured at the theme park in southwestern Germany, but a number of firefighters and two employees sustained injures trying to tackle the blaze. Much of the park was even reopened to the public on Sunday, the broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports.
Hundreds of firefighters rushed in from around the region to try to bring the blaze under control in Rust, a town on the River Rhine near Strasbourg.
The fire started when a warehouse caught fire early in the evening, prompting evacuations of nearby attractions. Around 25,000 visitors were at the park at the time.
Europa-Park has around 100 attractions across 995,000 square metres, luring about 5.5 million visitors a year. Also on site are five hotels and a camping area.
The park is divided into 15 areas, most of them named after European countries or regions. The areas Norway and Batavia are reported to have been completely lost.
Norway was part of a broader Scandinavian zone, with several water attractions such as Fjord-Rafting, and a Norwegian stave church.