It wasn't open yet, a fire broke out in Sweden's largest amusement park, 12 people were injured

A huge fire broke out early this morning at Sweden's largest amusement park west of Gothenburg, with flames spreading to a new water park, while 12 people were slightly injured, authorities said.

Police said they evacuated a hotel and offices located near the park, adding that 12 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Images released by Swedish media showed fireballs, flames and explosions as a cloud of black smoke rose over the city.

Swedish emergency services asked residents in the surrounding area to "stay indoors, close doors, windows and not use air conditioners" because of the smoke.

It is too early to talk about a possible arson and to give an estimate of the extent of the damage, the police clarified in the press release it issued.

"A large fire broke out at the Liseberg Oceana water park (..) The fire started in one of the attractions on the outside of the building and then spread throughout the building," Liseberg said in a press release.

The water park is part of an expansion plan for the amusement park and would open later in 2024. According to Swedish news agency TT, the cost of the new water park is 1.2 billion kroner (€107 million).

(BalkanWeb)

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