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Fire at San Diego Zoo damages gift shop; animals unhurt

July 11, 2011 |  7:53 am

Photo: Bai Yun, one of three pandas at the San Diego Zoo.  Credit: San Diego Zoo
A fire of unknown origin early Monday morning badly damaged a gift store near the panda exhibit at the San Diego Zoo.

The pandas and other animals were not harmed, a zoo spokeswoman said. The zoo will be open today as scheduled.

A zoo security guard spotted flames at the gift shop in Panda Canyon at 1:12 a.m. during routine rounds. San Diego firefighters extinguished the fire but the shop was "badly damaged and the contents were lost."

The origin of the fire is under investigation.


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Photo: Bai Yun, one of three pandas at the San Diego Zoo.  Credit: San Diego Zoo