Aquarium inferno: 2000 people evacuated from Europe’s largest aquarium
Nearly 2,000 people – over 1,600 visitors and 350 staff, were evacuated after a blaze was reported at Europe’s largest aquarium in Valencia, Spain. A column of dense black smoke rose from the building.
The fire broke out at about 11.00 Am local time, as Valencia Aquarium visitors reportedly noticed smoke near a shark enclosure. Almost 2,000 people were soon evacuated, as a plume of smoke erupted from the building.
Photos and videos shared on social media captured the extent of the fire.
No injuries to any visitors or animals were reported, and firefighters extinguished the blaze around 20 minutes after it broke out, the aquarium said on Twitter. Much of the damage was confined to the above-ground entranceway to the aquarium.
The aquarium covers an area of 110,000 square meters and is home to 500 species. The building itself is a part of the gigantic ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ complex, which also houses a planetarium, museum, botanical garden, arena and opera house. Construction on the complex began in 1994 and was completed in 2005.