Drayton Manor theme park damaged in fire

Drayton Manor theme park damaged in fire

A “large fire” has broken out overnight at Drayton Manor theme park.

The blaze took hold in a changing block area in the Thomas Land area of the theme park on Tuesday night, according to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue.

Incident commander Stuart Ruckledge said the whole building was involved but crews were able to stop the fire spreading to other areas of the park.

The theme park said on Twitter that no-one was injured and all of the animals at the park were safe.

Drayton Manor, which is in Tamworth, Staffordshire, keeps about 100 animals on its premises.

The park said: “We have now been able to survey the park and are relieved to confirm that the damage has been limited to a toilet block and store cupboard, both within Thomas Land.

“All of the rides remain intact with very limited damage.”

The statement added the fire service will carry out an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

The park, which is currently closed and unable to run Christmas events due to coronavirus restrictions, has a 15-acre zoo and more than 25 rides and attractions. It also has a 150-bedroom hotel with restaurants and bars.

In February, the park was flooded after Storm Dennis swept the country and in August, it was announced the park had been sold to Looping Group after entering administration.

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