Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a three-alarm blaze at a Burlington County zoo. The fire broke out shortly before 9 p.m. last night at the Animal Kingdom Zoo in Bordentown.
When crews arrived they saw heavy smoke and flames shooting out of the roof of a building at the zoo. Authorities say a giraffe was injured in the fire. No other injuries were reported. A veterinarian was called to the scene to help with the animals.
Update, 4 p.m. A mother giraffe, her 3-week-old calf, several exotic birds, three dogs and four cats died in the fire. The seven remaining giraffes have been transferred to Six Flags Great Adventure until the charred parts of the zoo can be rebuilt.
CBS Philly reports this is the second time this year a blaze has broken out at the zoo. In April, a fire claimed the life of the zoo’s former owner.