June 9, 2015 6:14 pm
Updated: June 9, 2015 6:43 pm

2 Calgary Zoo staff treated for minor injuries after grass fire

File: Calgary Zoo.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
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CALGARY – Two Calgary Zoo staff members suffered minor fire-related injuries after a small grass fire on Tuesday afternoon.

The Calgary Fire Department said a call came in at around 2:45 p.m. for a small grass fire that an employee tried to extinguish.

A Calgary Zoo spokesperson said zoo keepers in the Canadian Wilds notified staff of a grass fire near the whooping cranes area. All staff were notified and fire crews were on site “immediately.”

“The fire was extinguished and no animals were harmed during the incident, however two zoo staff members are being treated for minor fire related injuries,” said Trish Exton-Parder in an email to Global News.

EMS said two men were assessed at the zoo. One man was taken to Foothills Hospital in stable condition as a precautionary measure with “possible smoke exposure.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the Calgary Fire Department suggested it “may be connected to the combustion of ‘poplar tree fluff’ and an improperly disposed of cigarette adjacent to a pathway.”

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