GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Investigators proceed to hunt the reason for a hearth that destroyed an Alabama petting zoo barn and killed roughly 75 animals.

Park Supervisor Christina Richardson tells The Gadsden Instances that Noccalula Falls Park remained closed Monday, partly due to stormy climate, however will reopen by the top of the week.

The Sunday blaze killed birds, turtles, a tortoise, a lemur, child alligators, snakes, guinea pigs and others housed within the Gadsden metropolis park barn. Animals that lived outdoors weren’t harmed.

Fireplace Marshal Jason Talton mentioned figuring out a trigger shall be tough as a result of a lot of the construction burned away, however mentioned investigators have seen nothing suspicious to this point.

Gadsden Fireplace Chief Wil Reed mentioned firefighters discovered the barn engulfed in flames once they arrived early Sunday after somebody reported smoke to dispatchers.

The barn had no sprinklers, Richardson mentioned, and the all-wooden construction had flammable hay and feed inside.

Richardson mentioned town hasn’t determined whether or not it can rebuild or not.


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