Police attended a fire in the early hours of this morning at Woburn Safari in England. The blaze began in the drive through portion of the safari and primarily affected the Patas Monkey enclosure. Thirteen monkeys were lost in the blaze which firefighters began fighting at 2.37am and took hours to put out.
“Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at a monkey enclosure at Woburn Safari Park at 2.37am this morning,” a spokesman from the department told reporters.
“When firefighters from Woburn and Dunstable Community Fire Stations arrived along with the water carrier from Toddington they found the outbuilding housing Patas monkeys was well alight and its roof had fallen in.
They fought the fire using fire hoses while wearing breathing apparatus to protect themselves from the smoke and fumes. The building was 90% damaged by the fire.”
Thankfully the fire did not affect any more animals and for the time being the damage has not extended beyond the Patas monkeys exhibit. No other animals have been hurt, and no more are at risk. The park later told reporters,
“All other animals within the jungle drive-through enclosure are being monitored, but early signs suggest that they have not been affected.”
They also discussed the potential investigation.
“An investigation is under way into the cause of the fire and whilst the park will remain open, the Jungle enclosure will remain closed for investigation.
The park is grateful to the quick response from Bedfordshire Fire Brigade, who attended with three appliances.”