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Massive fire breaks out at zoo for second time in a year

Fife Zoo was struck with its second blaze in just one year – but no animals were hurt

A huge blaze broke out at Fife Zoo for the second time in the space of a year.

The fire service was called to tackle the fire at the animal attraction, near Ladybank, Cupar, on Sunday afternoon around 1.30pm.

Pictures and footage on social media showed ferocious flames engulfing a wooden building, surrounded by clouds of billowing black smoke.

The blaze is believed to have damaged a barn, caravan and a car, a fire service spokeswoman added.

But it has now been brought under control with no animals or people thought to have been hurt.

Fife Zoo said it would be shut for the rest of the day due to an ‘incident on site’.

The cause of the blaze is not yet clear.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, told the Fife Herald: ‘We were alerted at 12.32pm on Sunday, July 18 to reports of a building fire at Birniefield, Collessie, in Fife.

‘Operations control mobilised four appliances to the scene where a fire was affecting a barn, a caravan and a car.

‘There are no reported casualties at this time, crews remain in attendance.’

It comes after the roof of a soft-play building is said to have caught fire at the zoo in July last year, shortly after reopening following lockdown.

Visitors were evacuated and zoo keepers also safely moved the marmosets residing in an enclosure closest to the fire.

Fife Zoo is currently home to more than 45 animals from 15 species including meerkats, lemurs and armadillos.

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