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6 hibernating turtles likely dead in Seattle zoo fire

SEATTLE - Officials say six small turtles in a building that burned at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle Thursday are believed to be dead.

Zoo officials said in a statement Friday that the hibernating turtles were the only animals in the building where the blaze took place. Officials say about 200 animals that were evacuated from a nearby building will be cared for in eight locations on zoo grounds until they can be moved back into their exhibits.

With guidance from Seattle firefighters, zoo staff entered the smoke-engulfed building to remove venomous snakes and dwarf crocodiles, among other animals.

The Seattle Fire Department said Friday because of the structural damage investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire. The estimated damage to the building is $1.5 million.