At least 10 animals die in fire at African wildlife park in Ohio

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PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP/WISH) — At least 10 animals have died in a Thursday night fire at a wildlife park in northern Ohio.

The blaze began Thursday about 6:15 p.m. at a barn at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton.

The park is a drive-thru wildlife park, in which visitors can watch and feed animals on the 100-acre property.

Fire officials said three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok housed in the barn and were thought to be dead. Springboks and Bongos are types of antelope.

No humans were injured in the fire.

The Toledo Blade reports officials captured a loose zebra and a giraffe that escaped.

The park posted on Facebook, “Our African Safari Wildlife Park team is devastated by the loss of animals housed in a barn destroyed by fire that was discovered early Thanksgiving evening. We are grateful that our staff is safe and no one was injured, but the loss of the wildlife that we care for every day is tragic for our team members who love these animals.”

It was immediately known what caused the fire.

The park said it will be closed Friday.

Our African Safari Wildlife Park team is devastated by the loss of animals housed in a barn destroyed by fire that was…

Posted by African Safari Wildlife Park on Thursday, November 28, 2019

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