By Jon Haworth

“Waffles was a favorite with our visitors and our team. We are heartbroken.”

Two giraffes have died after a fire engulfed their barn at a zoo in suburban Washington, D.C.

Fairfax County Fire/Rescue / Twitter
A fire occurred on Monday, March 8, at Roer’s Zoofari in Vienna, Virginia, just 12 miles west of the nation’s capital. Two giraffes died in the blaze.

The incident occurred on Monday, March 8, at Roer’s Zoofari in Vienna, Virginia, just 12 miles west of the nation’s capital, when the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department received a call in the late afternoon alerting them to a barn fire at the animal park.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department confirmed that two of the zoo’s giraffes were confirmed dead once they were able to get the fire under control. Roer’s Zoofari also confirmed the tragic loss in a statement on their website.

“Staff at Roer’s Zoofari are mourning the loss of a beloved giraffe, Waffles, and his companion giraffe, after a devastating barn fire that occurred after the zoo closed for the day,” the statement read.

“Waffles was a favorite with our visitors and our team. We are heartbroken,” said Roer.

“We are so grateful that no person or other Zoofari animals were injured or lost. And we deeply appreciate the firefighters who came so quickly to help extinguish the fire.”

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