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Zoo Exhibit Catches Flame

Last updated on Saturday, November 3, 2007

(FORT WAYNE) - All zoo workers and the animals at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are fine this morning following a blaze that sent flames bursting into the air.

The fire started Friday afternoon in the future home of the zoo's African journey exhibit - which is supposed to open in April 2009.

Zoo Director, Jim Anderson says a construction worker was cutting through a piece of foam with a hot wire and flames shot up. Extinguishers wouldn't work on the blaze - and it quickly grew out of control.

No damage estimate yet. The project was expected to cost 10.5 million dollars.

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