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The BBC's Francesca Kasteliz
"The park is due to open again tomorrow"
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Friday, 21 July, 2000, 18:26 GMT 19:26 UK
Fire hits London theme park
smoke billows out from Thorpe Park
Smoke billows out from Thorpe Park
More than 100 fire-fighters were called to tackle a major blaze which broke out at Thorpe Park amusement park in Surrey.

Several thousand people were evacuated after a number of attractions at the theme park caught fire.

The park's owners say the evacuation went according to plan and there were no reported injuries.

It is believed the fire broke out on the Mr Rabbit Tropical Travels boat ride and spread to neighbouring buildings

A spokeswoman for Surrey Fire Brigade said the fire began at 1500BST and had spread through the site.

The brigade sent 15 appliances to deal with the blaze.

Public evacuated

"All persons have been accounted for and in fact all the public were evacuated from the buildings concerned before the fire crews arrived on the scene," the spokeswoman said.

"The Tropical Travels building has collapsed due to the construction - it is a timber-framed building. The fire subsequently spread to other buildings and rides, one of the rides being Wicked Witches."

It is not known how the fire started.

The park was packed as families enjoyed one of the busiest days of the year so far.

The blaze is under control but the park remains closed as fire crews examine the ruins to try to establish how the fire started.

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