Fire breaks out at Alton Towers theme park forcing ride to close

A fire has broken out at Alton Towers tonight after a stray firework hit an outbuilding.

The blaze has caused two areas of the Staffordshire theme park to be closed off with the theme park apologising to visitors.

Star attraction such as Th13teen, The Smiler and Oblivion are now all out of bounds.

An Alton Towers spokesman said: "We had a small fire following our fireworks display in an area that was not open to the public so no staff members or guests were at risk.

"As a result, we will not be reopening X Sector and the Dark Forest this evening. We apologise to guests for any inconvenience."

Firefighters were called out at around 7.30pm after the firework hit an outbuilding, report StokeonTrentLive.

Crews have now left the scene, saying the blaze was started accidentally.

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman told StokeonTrentLive: "We were called after a stray firework hit an outbuilding sparking an accidental fire.

"We remained at the site for an hour-and-a-half. No-one was injured in the incident."

The theme park was putting on a special sold out fireworks display set to music this evening when one shot off in the wrong direction.

Dubbed Fireworks Spectacular, the family event spans three days and was billed as the last chance thrill seekers would get before closing their rides for the winter.

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