Tourists at Canary Islands water park ‘run for their lives’ as fire breaks out

Tourists 'ran for their lives' from a popular water park in the Canary Islands tonight after plumes of thick black smoke from a warehouse fire engulfed the rides.

Firefighters have been battling the blaze in Maspalomas on Gran Canaria for the last few hours.

One person has been injured and has received treatment for burns to one of their legs.

The fire broke out in a building next to Aqualand at about 5.30pm and families enjoying the water attractions were told to leave immediately before the toxic fumes engulfed the park.


Holidaymakers ran for their lives, most still wearing their swimming costumes and covering their faces with towels.

One tourist in the water park, Jorge Rodriguez said: "We were able to leave very quickly thanks to the technical and personnel team."

A spokesman for the fire brigade said an accumulation of rubbish inside the building made the fire spread rapidly.

Medics and police are also at the scene.

Fire personnel searched the premises to make sure no-one was left inside or trapped but the water park itself had been evacuated just after the alarm was raised and before the thick black smoke enveloped the site.

The intense smoke was visible from several miles away and numerous people raised the alarm.


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