A man is missing after the major fire that ravaged Sweden's largest amusement park in Gothenburg (west) on Monday and largely destroyed a new water area, authorities said.
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Police are reporting “the disappearance of a person in connection with the fire” and are “continuing the search to find them,” they announced in a press release that evening.
This person is “working on this project” for the water area of Liseberg Park, the park administration said in a press release.
Local media footage of the fire on Monday morning showed exploding fireballs, flames and multiple explosions destroying a water slide as a cloud of black smoke rose over the city.
Sixteen people received minor injuries and were treated, but none were taken to hospital, police said.
A hotel and adjacent offices in this amusement park in central Gothenburg were evacuated.
It is “a building fire that will take some time to extinguish” and the extinguishing work will continue until Tuesday morning, according to the Gothenburg rescue service, which noted in a press release in the evening that “a little smoke is still coming out.”
It is still too early to comment on a possible criminal cause of the disaster and to provide an assessment of the damage, police said.
“A major fire broke out in the Liseberg Oceana water park (..) The fire started in one of the water attractions outside the building and then spread to the entire building,” Liseberg had indicated in the middle of the day.
The water park is part of an amusement park expansion project and was scheduled to open later in 2024. According to Swedish news agency TT, the new water park cost 1.2 billion crowns ($107 million).