Huffpost Green

Five Sisters Zoo Fire In Scotland Kills Reptiles, Insects And An Otter

Posted: Updated:
A Firefighter views the damage to the reptile house at the Five Sisters Zoo in Polbeth, Scotland, Sunday April 14, 2013. Around 50 firefighters have been tackling an early morning blaze at the zoo. (AP Photo / Andrew Milligan, PA) | AP

LONDON -- A fire has claimed the lives of reptiles, insects and a male otter at the Five Sisters Zoo in Scotland.

Officials said Sunday the blaze started in the zoo's tropical house and was fought by some 50 firefighters.

Visitor services worker Lesley Coupar said the fire was "the worst nightmare" because the zoo is owned and staffed by animal lovers.

She said "everything" in the reptile house had died but that some dwarf west African crocodiles housed next to the reptile house were saved.

There were no injuries to personnel or visitors in the early morning fire in Polbeth, a town about 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Edinburgh.

Police said the cause of the blaze is unknown and that an investigation has begun.

Also on HuffPost:

100 Most Threatened Species
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

The Five Sisters Zoo | News Flash page

BBC News - Five Sisters Zoo fire: Reptiles dead in blaze

Five Sisters Zoo fire: Staff devastated after huge blaze kills animals ...

Reptiles killed in fire at Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian | Metro News

Five Sisters Zoo: 50 firefighters tackle blaze after fire breaks out in ...

Five Sisters Zoo: 'It's our worst nightmare': Zookeeper's devastation ...

Five Sisters Zoo fire: 'It's our worst nightmare': Zookeeper's ...

Five Sisters Zoo (5sisterszoo) on Twitter

Five Sisters Zoo fire: Reptiles, insects and an otter killed in blaze at ...

Five Sisters Zoo - TripAdvisor

From Our Partners