13 monkeys have died in a fire incident at popular safari park

Elias Hubbard
January 2, 2018

Thirteen monkeys died Tuesday in a fire that swept through a safari park northwest of Britain's capital, officials said.

The fire broke out in the Jungle Enclosure of Woburn Safari Park around 2.37am overnight.

Woburn spokesman Drew Mullin said park staff were left "devastated" after the blaze ripped through the Patas monkey house, killing all 13 animals inside.

The patas monkeys roam freely during the day in a 16-acre enclosure, but are locked up at night in winter, so could not escape the fire.

Firefighters found the Patas monkey house ablaze with the roof caved in when they arrived. The fire was said to be "well alight" by the time the emergency services arrived on the scene.

Staff and fire crews attended the scene, but management say "devastatingly" none of the animals could be saved.

The Woburn blaze comes just days after a fire broke out in the animal adventure section at London Zoo on December 23.

Park officials said that following the traumatic incident they are monitoring the other animals, but early signs suggest that they have not been affected. An investigation is now underway to try and find the cause for the blaze.

"The park is grateful to the quick response from Bedfordshire Fire Brigade, who attended with three appliances".

The park will remain open except for the African jungle enclosure section.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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