Race risk complicates extinguishing work at Liseberg

Race risk complicates extinguishing work at Liseberg



full screen The heavy fire in Liseberg’s water world Oceana continues to rage on Tuesday morning. Picture from Monday. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

The emergency services have been working all night with the extensive fire in Liseberg’s Oceana water palace – which is difficult to extinguish due to the risk of fire.

One person is still missing.

– We are working on it and the area is still cordoned off. There is no change, says a person at the rescue service in Gothenburg to TT on Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out at 10 a.m. on Monday, and shortly afterwards the entire billion-dollar investment Oceana was in flames. Films from locations show how a powerful explosion occurs in the over-lit building, and the fire smoke was visible over large parts of Gothenburg.

A man who worked on the project has gone missing and is still missing Tuesday morning. Another 16 people were slightly injured and received hospital treatment after the fire.

Great breed risk

The extinguishing work is difficult because there is a great risk of fire, reports several media.

– There has been a type of explosion when a lot of fire gas has been ignited, which we believe has happened here, and therefore there is damage to the building which means that we do not dare to move in there, says rescue leader Petter Backlund to Göteborgs-Posten.

The police are investigating the incident under the classifications of workplace accident and gross public negligence.

Police: Waiting

– We have to wait until the emergency services are ready at the scene before we can start our work. Then it is the prosecutor who decides which investigations the police will carry out at the scene, says Hans-Jörgen Ostler, press spokesperson at the police and adds:

– But generally speaking, in events like this, we usually carry out a technical investigation to try to determine the cause of the fire.

The plan was for Oceana to open in the summer. According to previous information from Liseberg, the adventure pool would cost approximately SEK 1.2 billion to build.