JONES MILLS (AP) – A state police fire marshal was investigating a blaze that destroyed three buildings at a private zoo in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
No people or animals were harmed in the blaze which was reported shortly before midnight Sunday at the Living Treasures Animal Park in Donegal Township. The park is located about 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, along state Route 711.
Thirteen guests at a hotel on the property were evacuated due to smoke, even though that building wasn’t damaged. The buildings that burned included a cabin that housed employees, another used to store animal food and a vacant rental property.
Despite the damage, the park planned to open for business as usual Monday morning.
Chestnut Ridge Fire Chief Shawn Kestner says the wind helped by blowing smoke away from the animals.