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German zoo reopens after deadly New Year fire at ape house

This Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 photo, a toy ape is placed between candles at the entrance of the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany. Three woman are under investig...
A women lights a candle at the main entrance of the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Three woman are under investigation for launching...
This Jan. 1, 2020 photo, shows a burned down animal house at the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany. Three woman are under investigation for launching paper sky ...
Firefighters stand in front of the burning monkey house at Krefeld Zoo, in Krefeld, Germnay, Wednesday Jan 1, 2020. A fire at a zoo in western Germany...
Exterior view of the destroyed ape house of the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Three woman are under investigation for launching pap...

This Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 photo, a toy ape is placed between candles at the entrance of the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany. Three woman are under investig...

A women lights a candle at the main entrance of the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Three woman are under investigation for launching...

This Jan. 1, 2020 photo, shows a burned down animal house at the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany. Three woman are under investigation for launching paper sky ...

Firefighters stand in front of the burning monkey house at Krefeld Zoo, in Krefeld, Germnay, Wednesday Jan 1, 2020. A fire at a zoo in western Germany...

Exterior view of the destroyed ape house of the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Three woman are under investigation for launching pap...

BERLIN (AP) — Krefeld Zoo in western Germany reopened Friday, two days after a deadly fire swept through a primate enclosure killing dozens of animals.

Investigators believe the blaze — which killed more than 30 animals including five orangutans, two gorillas, a chimpanzee and several monkeys in the first hour of New Year's Day — was caused by paper sky lanterns.

A woman and her two adult daughters have been questioned over the incident. Police said the women were deeply shaken by what had happened.

Grieving visitors placed flowers in front of the ape house Friday.

Officials at the zoo, which is located near the Dutch border, said two chimpanzees that survived the fire are in a stable condition.


Updated : 2021-06-17 11:41 GMT+08:00