Fire burns snack stand at the St. Louis Zoo

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - St. Louis firefighters quickly put out a fire at the St. Louis Zoo Monday afternoon at around 12:30pm.

The fire was at a Kettle Corn stand near the south entrance.  The zoo was not evacuated, but patrons were moved away from the area. According to a release from the St. Louis Zoo, "Visitors were immediately moved from the area around the stand near the South Entrance and the train was stopped. Visitors were allowed to exit the Zoo at the North Entrance and another gate near the Primate House was opened for those who parked at the South Entrance."

The fire was extinguished minutes after firefighters arrived on the scene.   The origin of the fire is under investigation. At this time, fire officials say there were no injuries.

The Zoo says that all exhibits and the train are operating as usual.  But, the area around the stand is closed at this time.


  • me

    Ha we were there when it happened and the zoo staff had no idea on how to handle a situation like that at all it was handled way wrong

  • Heather H

    My Daughter & I were stuck on the train during all the commotion. We were riding when all of a sudden the train came to a halt. They told everyone to stay seated until they could figure out what the were going to do. It was obvious the employees were very upset. I wanted to laugh because they told us all to stay calm & it seemed that everyone on the train was way more calm than the employees. After sitting about 20 minutes on the train, they decided they were going to have everyone evacuate the train on the bridge we were stopped on & walk the bridge to the closest railroad crossing & get off there. We had a pretty good front seat to all the smoke from the fire & then the white smoke from the fire department putting the fire out. The worst part was having to walk to the complete other end of the park to get back to my original train station so we could get my Daughter’s stroller. Nothing more fun then carrying a screaming 2 year old who needed a nap all the way across the park. I learned an important lesson though. Don’t wait to ride the train last right before you plan to leave in case of fire lol!

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