A LARGE fire has broken out within the grounds of Drayton Manor Park, resulting in the fire service urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed.
Fire crews from Tamworth, Tamworth Mercia, Chase Terrace, Burton-on-Trent, Cannock and Barton-Under-Needwood were dispatched to the scene.
The exact location of the blaze has not been confirmed at this time but a source has told Tamworth Informed that the fire started within a toilet block Thomas Land.
It is also understood that the blaze had spread to a shop within the Thomas Land area of the Theme Park.
Our thoughts are with the owners and staff of Drayton Manor Park in what has already been a very difficult season for them.
A Spokesperson for Drayton Manor Park has said:
“We can confirm that we currently have a number of fire crews on-site at the park. Since being made aware of the blaze, we have been in close contact with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, who have advised us that the situation is now, thankfully, under control. No one has been injured and all of the Park’s animals are safe.
“It is not yet safe for us to survey the damage. For now, we echo the advice to local residents to keep doors and windows closed, and thank all those involved in the swift and effective response.”
Earlier this year the park was forced to close due to flooding and they have then been forced to close due to COVID-19.
The park was also recently taken over by European Theme Park operator Looping Group, whose portfolio includes West Midlands Safari Park and Pleasurewood Hills in the UK.
The acquisition of the park this year, included its 100+ rides and attractions, Europe’s only Thomas Land, a 15-acre conservation zoo and four-star hotel.
The theme park and zoo, which attracts over 1million visitors each year and was previously owned by the Bryan family, who have owned and run Drayton Manor Park since it first opened to the public in 1950.
Fire crews from Tamworth, Mercia, Chase Terrace, Burton on Trent, Cannock and Barton Under Needwood are currently dealing with a large fire within the grounds of @DraytonManor . Please keep windows and doors closed.
— Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (@StaffsFire) December 15, 2020
On December 2 2020, Staffordshire and neighbouring county Warwickshire was placed in the VERY HIGH ALERT (Tier-3) category for COVID-19