Fire Engulfs Popular Ride at NJ Water Park

Chris Sheldon


A popular attraction at Mountain Creek Water Park was heavily damaged by a fire Tuesday evening, park officials said.

A raft water slide, High Anxiety, was affected by the fire and video from the scene showed huge flames and large columns of smoke pouring from it.

The park, located in Vernon, was closed at the time of the blaze as it was not yet open for the season, according to Brian Lowe, a spokesperson for the park. No one was injured, he said.

“We are grateful to the Vernon and other local responding volunteer fire and EMS departments as well as the Vernon Police, who responded within minutes to help extinguish the fire,” Lowe said. “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 this Saturday, June 19.”

The cause of the fire was still under investigation and members of the Vernon Township Fire Department could not immediately be reached for comment.

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