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Investigators can't determine cause of African Safari Wildlife Park fire that killed 10 animals

Posted: 3:26 PM, Dec 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-04 15:26:47-05
African Safari Wildlife Park

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — Authorities investigating a fire at African Safari Wildlife Park that killed 10 animals couldn't determine the cause.

The fire, which happened on Thanksgiving, killed three giraffes, three red river hogs, three bongos and a springbok.

The other animals in the park were unharmed by the fire.

The cause was ruled undetermined due to extensive damage to the structure, but there is no indication of any criminal activity.

Officials said they could not determine if a reported power outage the day prior had any involvement with causing the fire.

“The post-fire condition of the building prevented the ability to determine an exact cause of the fire,” said Investigator Frank Reitmeier. “During the fire, the vast majority of the building collapsed, so heavy equipment was needed during fire suppression and to locate the remains of the animals that perished.”

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The aftermath of the barn fire at African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton

African Safari Wildlife Park is located at 287 South Lightner Road in Port Clinton.

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