Social media footage showed smoke billowing from the grounds of the amusement park. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service posted a statement to Twitter, which said: “Fire crews from Tamworth, Mercia, Chase Terrace, Burton on Trent, Cannock and Barton Under Needwood are currently dealing with a large fire within the grounds of Drayton Manor. Please keep windows and doors closed.” Fire fighters have not yet confirmed the cause of the blaze, and brought it under control at midnight.
Drayton Manor posted a statement on their Twitter account at midnight telling fans the fire had been brought under control.
They said: “We can confirm that we currently have a number of fire crews on site at the park. Since being made aware of the blaze, we have been in close contact with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, who have advised us that the situation is now, thankfully, under control.
“No one has been injured and all of the Park’s animals are safe. It is not yet safe for us to survey the damage.
“For now, we echo the advice to local residents to keep doors and windows closed, and thank all those involved in the swift and effective response.”
The theme park is the fourth largest in the UK, with its zoo housing more than 100 animals.
A local source told Tamworth Informed, a local outlet, the fire is believed to have started within a toilet block in the park’s Thomas Land section.
The park grounds have been closed to the public as it is closed over coronavirus restrictions, with Staffordshire currently in Tier 3.
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Twitter users voiced their concern over the park fire, and hoped the animals inside were safe.
One user said: “As if 2020 wasn’t enough of a blow to the them park industry, there’s currently a large scale fire at Drayton Manor!
“As a local park I sincerely hope things aren’t too serious! Thoughts to everyone involved.”
Another added: “Is Drayton Manor okay? Swear it flooded at the beginning of the year”
In February, Drayton Manor was flooded when the lake inside the park burst its banks due to heavy rain from Storm Dennis.
The park reopened on February 16, before closing again due to the coronavirus lockdown on March 23.
Drayton Manor entered administration over the crises and was sold to Looping Group on August 3.
Mike Denny, from administrators PwC said at the time these factors had “exacerbated” cash flow problems forcing the sale of the theme park.
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