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Concern for animals after aquarium evacuated due to wildfire

6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago November 29, 2016 Nov 29, 2016 Tuesday, November 29 2016 November 29, 2016 7:06 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

GATLINBURG, Tenn. - Wildfires around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, have forced workers at an aquarium to evacuate, but more than 10,000 animals are still in the building.

Ryan DeSears, general manager of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, tells WBIR-TV that the building was still standing and all workers evacuated last night.

He says the animals should be safe as long as the building has power and doesn't catch fire.

The wildfire set 30 buildings ablaze and forced the evacuation of downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding area.

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