Alabama Petting Zoo Temporarily Closes After Deadly Fire

A passerby reported a raging fire at Noccalula Falls Park’s petting zoo in Gadsden, Alabama, on Sunday around 5:45 AM. The deadly blaze sadly took the lives of roughly 75 animals, according to a City of Gadsden release.

When Gadsden Fire Department units responded to this devastating scene, the barn was already consumed with flames. Tanker trucks were also requested from the Highland, Reece City, and Glencoe fire departments due to the location of the fire on Lookout Mountain.

Animals lost in the fire included birds, baby alligators, a tortoise, 10 turtles, and up to 25 guinea pigs, park supervisor Christina Richardson tells the Gadsden Times. Read More