Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

At least 10 animals killed in fire at Ohio wildlife park

At least 10 animals killed in fire at Ohio wildlife park

Catawba, Danbury, and Port Clinton fire departments battled the blaze for more than an hour before getting it under control at about 7:30 p.m., officials said.

According to an officer with Danbury Township, 11 animals were believed to be in the barn at the time and are assumed to have perished, including three bongos, three giraffe, three Red River hogs and a springbok.

Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs, and one springbok died in the blaze inside a barn at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton on Thanksgiving night, reported the Toledo Blade.

Harrowing video of the inferno shows the moment African giraffes run on the zoo property as they try to escape the growing fire as smoke plumes rise in the air. Officials also found a giraffe in a pond nearby and the park employees are working to return it to its enclosure, WBNS reported.

The park is a drive-thru wildlife park, in which visitors can watch and feed animals on the 100-acre (405,000-square-meter) property. It's located about 37 miles southeast of Toledo, Ohio.

Walk-through tours are also available for visitors to attend educational feedings of animals like porcupines, kangaroos, and gibbons, according to park's website. After reports of a fire in a barn that housed animals, said the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and park officials.

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Danbury Township Police Officer Carolyn Demore said she responded at about 6:15 the park and found a zebra running loose and one of the barns engulfed in flames.

A fire broke out Thursday at the African Safari Wildlife Park in northern OH, resulting in 10 animals killed, Danbury Township police said.

Hunt told CNN that a caretaker noticed the fire on Thursday after a power flicker at the park.

Animals at the park were usually kept in a heated barn overnight during winter months under supervision.

As of Thursday evening, the fire was still not fully contained and firefighters were on the scene to tackle the flames. "An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire". The Ohio state fire chief will arrive at the park on Friday to investigate the fire, Kahler said.

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