Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fresh Island festival in Zrce, Pag, Croatia, got evacuated because of fire

Fresh Island festival in Zrce, Pag, Croatia, got evacuated because of fire

Hundreds of people were forced to leave the Fresh Island music festival on Zrce Beach on Monday night, at the beginning of the three-day hip-hop event.

Eighteen-year-old student Seb Hertz arrived at the festival with friends and told PA he "straight away knew that it was serious".

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

Organisers have advised those travelling to the festival not to enter the woodland area that was affected by the fire.

Dramatic social media videos show attendees scrambling to evacuate as a forest fire lights up Zrće beach.

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The huge blaze forced the closure of the road to the closest town, Novalja, preventing many people from returning to their hotels. the cause of the fire is not yet known.

In a statement, the event's organizers said "the safety of everyone at the festival is our utmost priority and we appreciate everyone's patience during this time", before offering instructions of how to evacuate to safety.

"Rest assured we're doing everything we can to go ahead as planned to continue the parties", the organizers posted.

The fire broke out just behind the Calypso club, the oldest club on Zrce beach, but firefighters' intervention early on Tuesday morning ensured that the club did not burn down and was not damaged.

The massive evacuation forced rapper, Tyga, who was scheduled to headline, to cancel his Monday night performance, USA Today reported. But organizers later announced they'd sent over buses to collect any remaining attendees.

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