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86 camels perish in German blaze


This handout photo made available by the Calw Police shows a firefighter working at the scene of a fire at a camel farm in Ebhausen-Rotfelden near Calw, southern Germany in the early hours of the morning on January 31, 2013. Eighty-six camels died in the fire, the cause of which was not immediately known. AFP

Berlin: Eighty-six camels perished as a ferocious fire swept through their farm in southern Germany earlier on Thursday, causing nearly one million euros ($1.36 million) damage, police said.

Around 150 firefighters rushed to the scene and managed to save five animals from the inferno, which hurt no people, according to the authorities.

The farm, near Stuttgart in southwestern Germany, which catered mainly for tourists and visitors, wrote on its website: "We have sad news. In the night, the camel farm burned down. Most of the animals died."

Police said in a statement that six officers were on the scene investigating possible causes for the blaze. "At the moment, nothing points to arson but at this stage of the investigation, nothing can be ruled out," police said. "One million euros damage was caused to the main building, which was completely burned down. The material worth of the camels cannot be estimated at present," the statement added.

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