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A fire that broke out late Monday night destroyed a barn at Camp Chautauqua that housed animals for a petting zoo, and two llamas, several birds and a mule perished, firefighters said.

The blaze started in the barn on the campgrounds on Route 394 in the Town of North Harmony shortly after 11:30 p.m.

Ashville firefighters said they found the barn engulfed in flames. Assistant Fire Chief Randy Gleason said the volunteers had no chance to get the animals out.

Firemfighters from Chautauqua and Bemus Point were called in to help.

Chautauqua County's Hazardous Materials Team was also summoned to the scene because of pesticides and herbicides stored inside the barn, firefighters said. It took more than three hours to extinguish the fire.

One firefighter was treated for minor injuries in WCA Hospital in Jamestown. Fire investigators today said they are trying to determine the cause of the blaze. Camp Chautauqua is owned by Roger Anderson.

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