A fire killed 10 animals on Thanksgiving evening that were inside a barn at African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, Ohio.
According to police, firefighters were called to the park at 6:15 p.m Thursday, Nov. 28. The barn that houses animals engulfed in flames when they arrived, FOX8 reported.
Crews from Catawba, Danbury, and Port Clinton fire departments battled the fire for more than an hour before getting it under control at about 7:30 p.m, according to The Blade.
Danbury Township Police Officer Carolyn Demore said there were two explosions that occurred in the facility shortly after she got to the park.
Three giraffes, three red river hogs, three bongos, and a springbok were listed as the animals that died. A zebra managed to escape the blaze and got stuck in a pond.
No staff members were injured during the blaze, the park said.
“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,” park officials said in a statement posted on their Facebook page. “The animals lost in this tragedy were part of our African Safari family, and the Park will be closed on Friday as we mourn their loss and care for the other animals living on the 100-area [sic] Park.”
The investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire, however, the barn is a total loss.
Video being shared on social media shows a giraffe running loose and was not harmed in the fire. Animal officials managed to capture the giraffe.