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Woburn Safari Park fire: Thirteen patas monkeys killed

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Image caption Fire crews were called to Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire in the early hours of Tuesday morning

Thirteen monkeys have died in a fire in an enclosure at Woburn Safari Park.

The roof of the Patas monkey house, within the African Forest drive-through enclosure, collapsed as a result of the blaze.

Fire crews arrived at 02:37 GMT to find the outbuilding “well alight”, and spent two hours extinguishing the flames.

Woburn Safari Park fire: Thirteen patas monkeys killed
Woburn Safari Park fire: Thirteen patas monkeys killed

“Devastatingly”, the park said, none of the animals could be saved despite the efforts of staff and crews.

In a statement, the park said all the other animals in the jungle drive-through enclosure were being monitored, but early signs suggested they had not been affected.

A member of the park’s security staff spotted the fire during a routine patrol, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

It took fire crews two hours to put out the blaze after they arrived at 02:37 GMT.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze has begun. The attraction will remain open to the public.

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