VERNON, N.J. — A fire reported Tuesday heavily damaged a popular raft water slide at Mountain Creek Waterpark in New Jersey just days before the park was set to open for the season, according to park officials and multiple reports.
Officials were called to reports of the blaze on the High Anxiety water slide around 7:30 p.m., according to the New Jersey Herald. Photos posted on social media showed heavy, dark smoke billowing from the ride as the fire burned on Tuesday.
Park officials said police, firefighters and medics responded “within minutes” to help deal with the flames. Mountain Creek Waterpark was closed when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the blaze.
Officials said that despite the incident, they continue preparations to open the water park to visitors beginning Saturday.
“While we are certainly disappointed that we won’t have High Anxiety available for the foreseeable future, we know that our resilient team is ready to welcome guests back this weekend for our season opening as planned,” Mountain Creek officials said in a statement posted on social media.
The High Anxiety water slide has been an attraction at Mountain Creek for at least 13 years, according to the Herald. Billed as a “one-of-a-kind water slide,” the raft ride propels visitors through a dark tunnel and a 45-degree drop into a funnel, according to park officials.
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