Four-alarm fire damages buildings at animal park in Westmoreland County

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At least three buildings were heavily damaged in a four-alarm fire late Sunday night at an animal park in Westmoreland County.

No injuries were reported, and no animals were harmed at the Living Treasures Wild Animal Park in Donegal, according to county emergency officials.

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. in a building on the park property on Route 711, officials said. The fire then spread to two other buildings, including a cabin that housed the groundskeeper and his wife, but they and their pets were able to get out. Another building was used to store animal food.

“Actually the wind worked with us. None of the smoke got to any of the animals. Just the pets inside the house were the only ones that had to get taken out,” Chestnut Ridge fire Chief Shawn Kestner said.

Thirteen guests at a hotel on the property were evacuated due to smoke, even though that building wasn’t damaged. 

Despite the damage, the park planned to open for business as usual today.

The Associated Press contributed.

First Published August 4, 2014 12:00 AM

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