Thirteen monkeys who lived in a safari park in England became the latest victims of a spate of fires in the United Kingdom.
Staff and fire crews rushed to the scene early Tuesday at Woburn Safari Park about 50 miles north of London, but the monkeys could not be saved because the enclosure they lived in collapsed because of the blaze. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
On Sunday, 1,600 cars were destroyed in a massive blaze at a parking garage in Liverpool on the city’s waterfront. The fire led to the cancellation of an international horse show. No one was seriously injured. The cause of the fire is still not known.
And late last month, an aardvark and four meerkats were killed in a fire at London Zoo. The meerkats killed in the blaze were all brothers. They were called Robbie, Norman, Billy and Nigel. The cause of the fire there is also still under investigation.
Early indications are that other animals at the Woburn Safari Park were not injured. The safari park houses a wide variety of animals including elephants, lions and zebras.
In June, scores of people died after a huge fire broke out in the early morning hours at Grenfell Tower, a residential tower bock in west London. Flames quickly consumed the 24-storey building because it had an especially flammable exterior.
An early morning fireplace on the London Zoo has left an aardvark lifeless.
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