A fire in the Nocturnal House at the Woodland Park Zoo on Thursday afternoon drew a heavy response from the Seattle Fire Dept. No animals were hurt but one person was transported to Harborview Medical Center with minor burns.
No cause was announced for the fire.
Fire in Nocturnal House at Woodland Park Zoo
Over 28 Seattle Fire Department units have been dispatched to a fire near the Nocturnal House at the Woodland Park Zoo located at 600 block of North 59th Street.
A fire in a building was reported at about 3:10 this afternoon. A witness at the scene has reported seeing plumes of smoke coming from within the zoo near the Nocturnal House.
"I can see the smoke coming up and it's definitely getting lighter in color. Police are arriving. People are casually leaving the zoo via the parking lot. No panic," wrote the witness.
The Woodland Park Zoo closed the exhibit back in 2010 and reported financial troubles as the reason. The exhibit housed more than 60 nocturnal critters including sloths and bats. However, the Zoo announced last January that they had secured long-term funding of up to $4 million for a two-year renovation project that would eventually reopen the exhibit.
Seattle Firefighters are currently at the scene. The zoo has been evacuated. So far the department has not yet announced the cause of the blaze but reported that it started in the attic.
Some animals were evacuated and one person was hurt in the blaze with minor burns. Fire investigators were en route to the scene.
The "Wildlights" light display has been cancelled for the evening but no word was offered if the cancellation may continue.
Look to the Ballard News-Tribune as this story develops.
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