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Colchester Zoo's miniature train destroyed by fire

The road train at Colchester Zoo has been destroyed by fire. Credit: Colchester Zoo.

The road train at Colchester Zoo has been destroyed by fire.

The blaze began just before 8am on Wednesday and engulfed the station building of the miniature railway and the train itself.

A spokesman for the zoo said the ride would be closed "for the forseeable future" but confirmed no animals or staff had been in danger during the fire.

"This has not affected the visitors visibility of animals as we have made arrangements for the lemur walkthrough area to be accessible via foot whilst the train is out of action.

"We will endeavour to purchase a new train and reconstruct the station therefore we will do our best to have this completed and operational by Easter 2016 but we will keep you updated with news as the reconstruction takes place."

– Colchester Zoo spokesman.