Huge zoo fire rips through building as visitors and monkeys evacuated

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A FIRE has ripped through a zoo causing visitors and animals to be evacuated.

Flames were seen “pouring out” of a soft play centre at Fife Zoo in Cupar this afternoon.

Witnesses said marmosets were taken out of a nearby enclosure by keepers while visitors were led away for their own safety.

Four fire engines were spotted dealing with the zoo blaze.

An eyewitness told the Edinburgh Evening News: “There is smoke and flames pouring out of the soft play building.

There is smoke and flames pouring out of the soft play building

“Luckily the keepers were able to evacuate the marmosets safely.Their enclosure was closest to the site of the fire.

“The keepers were able to It looked at one point like the firefighters had got the blaze under control, but the flames have now taken hold of the building.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said one person was treated for smoke inhalation, though the zoo’s owners later posted on Facebook saying everyone was safe.

They said: “Some of you may have already seen the news, but sadly we have had a fire at Fife Zoo. We are currently closed and will keep everyone updated as best we can.

“All humans and animals are safe. All emergency teams are on site to contain the fire. Thank you for the concern.”

The zoo reopened at the end of June following the coronavirus lockdown.

Lemurs and zebras are among its animals.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “We were alerted at 12.11pm on Sunday July 5 to reports of a fire at Fife Zoo near Collessie in Fife.

“Operations control mobilised four appliances, a height appliance and specialist resources.

“Crews are working to extinguish a fire within the roof space of a building.

“One casualty suffering from smoke inhalation has been handed to the care of the ambulance service. Firefighters remain at the scene.”

 

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