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The Space World amusement park in southwestern Japan will be closing at the end of 2017, its operator said Friday. The park in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, has seen a dwindling number of visitors despite the fact that it has been one of the key local tourist attractions. Space World, which opened in April 1990 on an unused lot of the Yawata steelworks, had 2.16 million visitors at its peak in fiscal 1997 but the number has since been declining.
"We will be closing on the last day of December 2017 for various reasons," the park said on its website. "We thank you for your patronage for a long time." Space World informed the Kitakyushu city government of its closure plan on Thursday, municipal officials said. The city held talks the same day with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., the landowner of the facility, about future plans for the 240,000-square-meter site. Nippon Steel promised to seek a tenant for the land taking the promotion of the local economy into consideration, the officials said.
Translated from Spanish
A fire was declared at eight o'clock at the premises of Ferrari Land. According to the Fire Department of the Generalitat, the buildings affected in the area of new construction of the theme park Port Aventura are adjacent to the Campanille tower, 25 meters high and cover a theater. The fire has burned inside the latter. The fire has not produced personal injury but has generated a dense smoke in the neighboring localities of Vila-seca, Salou and Cambrils. Firefighters have extinguished the flame that has been burning tower and cover around a quarter of ten in the evening. According to some witnesses, the tower should be concerned.
At first allocations have shifted eight Firefighters to the scene to control the fire, but finally this figure has increased to fifteen. Witnesses say flames have been between 20 and 30 meters, and some workers would be inside the building when the fire is declared.
PortAventura has confirmed in a statement that there has been no person injured in the fire. It also says that "this incident will not change the schedule planned opening" of the park, scheduled for April 7, 2017.
The mayor of Salou, Pere Granados, has moved with the local police to the park as soon as the flames have begun. Granados said that the fire appears to have started while some workers worked in construction. He added that "there is no attack," denying rumors that have circulated. The Minister of Interior Jordi Jané also is at the park.
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