13 monkeys were killed at a UK safari park in the early hours of this morning after a fire broke out in their enclosure.
The blaze began in Woburn Safari Park’s Patas monkey house where they’re kept at night during the winter months.
Usually, they live outside in the African Jungle section of the park, but due to the cold, they were kept in the enclosure.
It was about 2.37am when firefighters arrived at the scene in Milton Keynes.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service fought the fire using hoses and breathing apparatus and described the building as being 90 per cent damaged by fire.
A Woburn Safari Park statement said:
Staff and fire crews attended the scene, however devastatingly for everyone at the park, none of the thirteen animals could be saved.
All other animals within the jungle drive-through enclosure are being monitored, but early signs suggest they’ve not been affected.
An investigation is under way into the cause of the fire and whilst the park will remain open, the Jungle enclosure will remain closed for investigation.
The park is grateful to the quick response from Bedfordshire Fire Brigade, who attended with three appliances.
More to follow.