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Traffic update: What people in Gothenburg should know about the Liseberg fire

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Traffic update: What people in Gothenburg should know about the Liseberg fire
A fire broke out at the Liseberg amusement park on Monday morning. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

A public alert, warning people in south-eastern Gothenburg to stay inside after a huge fire at the Liseberg amusement park, was lifted late on Monday.

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The so-called viktigt meddelande till allmänheten, an "important message to the public", was broadcast on Sweden's public broadcasters SR and SVT.  

The message warned of "fire in a building with significant amounts of smoke as a result".

"The leaders of the rescue services are calling for everyone in the area to go inside and close doors, windows and ventilation," the message ran. 

The warning was issued after a huge fire engulfed the Liseberg amusement park in flames. It was lifted by around 8pm on Monday.

Which areas of Gothenburg were affected? 

According to P4 Gothenburg, pieces of rubbish were falling from the air in the area of Guldheden, near the Liseberg amusement park, with cars turned white by flakes of falling ash and people in the area covering their faces with clothing to protect them from toxic fumes.

Police called on people to avoid the area around the amusement park if at all possible. 

Guests evacuated the Grand Curiosa Hotel, office buildings near the area, and the nearby World of Volvo corporate exhibition centre. 

Newspaper Göteborgs-Posten reported that children at 15 preschools in the area were kept inside to prevent them inhaling toxic smoke. 

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How many people have been injured? 

According to the local Sahlgrenska Hospital, 22 people received minor injuries.

One man has been reported missing.

How is traffic affected? 

According to P4's traffic service, the main Södra vägen road into central Gothenburg was closed where it meets Korsvägen at Liseberg as a result of the fire. Early on Monday it was open in the direction of Mölndal, but still closed in the direction of Korsvägen.

According to the Swedish Transport Administration, the road was set to reopen at 8am on Monday.

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