SEATTLE – On Thursday, December 15, 2016, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Firefighters were dispatched to the 600 block of N 59th Street for a fire at Woodland Park Zoo. Firefighters arrived to find flames from the Night Exhibit building, where Zoo staff had evacuated guests and had a plan to evacuate animals.
First arriving units laid hose lines to the interior of the exhibit and to the main floor, quickly extinguishing the fire where it had initiated. Firefighters were also able to successfully contain and extinguish all extended flames in the attic by 4:30 p.m. SFD worked closely with Zoo employees to evacuate animals and coordinate a team that moved live animals during the process. Upon extinguishing the fire, Firefighters checked for hot spots and were on scene until 7:30 a.m., Friday, December 16, 2016, to monitor the area.
Two firefighters were injured in the incident, one with minor burns and the other from possible contact with an electrical panel while firefighting. Both were transported to Harborview Medical Center where they were treated and released.
The Fire Investigation Unit members arrived to investigate the exhibit building designed to display nocturnal animals. However, due to structural instability and partial collapse, Fire Investigators were unable to determine a specific cause.
The damage of this incident is estimated at $1.5 million dollars.
Photo Credit to John Odegard.