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Fire kills 30 animals at German zoo on New Year’s Eve

Fire ripped through the monkey house at Krefeld zoo in northwestern Germany on New Year's Eve killing dozens of animals, including orangutans, chimpanzees and marmosets, management said on Wednesday.

Fire kills 30 animals at German zoo on New Year's Eve
'Why?' asks a sign left by a well-wisher among candles and photos. Photo: Christoph Reichwein/dpa
“Our worst fears have been realised,” the zoo, which specialises in primates, announced on its Facebook page.
   
Police said at least 30 of the animals had died. The blaze destroyed the monkey enclosure, which opened in 1975, shortly before midnight.
   
But firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to other buildings at the zoo in North Rhine-Westphalia. It was not clear what started the fire.
   
The zoo would remain closed during Wednesday with employees “in shock” after a “terrible tragedy”, the management said.
 
The burnt-out shell of the monkey house at Krefeld Zoo. Photo: Christoph Reichwein/dpa

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Three killed in western Germany as microlight plane crashes into house

A microlight plane crashed into the roof of a house in western Germany on Saturday, leaving three people dead, including the mother of a young child, firefighters said.

Three killed in western Germany as microlight plane crashes into house
Firefighters tackle blaze after plane crashes into house in Wesel. DPA

The accident, the cause of which has not been determined, took place in Wesel, a city on North Rhine-Westphalia, according to local police.

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The small plane crashed into an apartment built under the roof of the house, where a woman and her two-year-old child lived, causing a fire which gutted the place.

The mother was among the victims, along with two people aboard the plane, firefighters said.

The child was only slightly injured.

DPA

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