Firefighters Battle Wind in German Zoo Fire

November 13, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
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Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the Karlsruhe Zoo, in Karlsruhe, southern Germany, early Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. Police say a fire at the Karlsruhe zoo in southwestern Germany killed 26 animals including Shetland ponies, goats, sheep and a llama. (AP Photo/dapd-Kamera24)

Approximately 100 firefighters fought against strong winds Saturday to extinguish a fire at the Karlsruhe Zoo in southwestern Germany.

"There was a sustained wind of 20 mph and gusts close to 40 mph," said Senior Meteorologist, Rob Miller.

The fire killed all of the domesticated animals in the petting zoo, according to the AP. A total of 26 animals were lost including sheep, goats, ponies and a llama.

The zookeepers were able to lead the flamingos, elephants and hippopotamuses to the safety of a building away from the fire.

The zoo that was temporarily closed to the public will reopen for business as usual on Sunday with the exception of the petting zoo, according to

The fire is under investigation, and there is no known cause as of Saturday afternoon.


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