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Massive blaze rips through German theme park

Smoke blanketed the theme park.
The blaze destroyed part of the theme park, which re-opened on Sunday. Photo: Getty
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Firefighters are continuing to monitor a massive blaze that damaged part of the Europa-Park amusement park in southwest Germany.

Authorities evacuated the theme park in the small town of Rust, near the French border, which contained about 25,000 people when the blaze broke out on Saturday, local time.

Police said no injuries were reported.

The blaze began around the attraction called The Pirates of Batavia, the theme park said via Twitter.

The park, which is reportedly the second largest in Europe, re-opened at 9am as planned on Sunday, but the Scandinavia and Holland sections were not available to customers.

“According to the firefighting forces of the fire brigade, the fire has been extinguished in the meantime, there are currently few extinguishing operations,” the theme park tweeted.

“We ask for your understanding if some processes may not yet work perfectly smoothly. Currently the Panorama Railway, monorail, pirates in Batavia, fjord rafting, jungle raft trip and Koffiekopjes are not in operation. The Vindjammer is running.”

The blaze began around the attraction called The Pirates of Batavia, the theme park said via Twitter.

Owner-operator Michael Mack expressed his gratitude to authorities for limiting the damage.

“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” Mack tweeted.

-with AAP