Fire Damages Nature Store at Fossil Rim Wildlife Park in Glen Rose

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

A fire damaged a building at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose overnight Monday.

Representatives for the conservation facility said the Nature Store gift shop was damaged in the fire,  but that the center remains open to customers.

According to a report in The Glen Rose Reporter, Somervell County Assistant Fire Chief Steve Willis said the fire was first reported as a brush fire and that it took 20 firefighters about four hours to put out the blaze.

Willis told the Glen Rose Reporter that the end of the building used for storage was a total loss and that the other end of the building, where most of the gift shop is, was spared.

There have been no reports of any injuries to people or animals at the wildlife center.

"While we are very grateful for many people offering to clean up the site, we are unable to accept volunteer help at this time because investigations are taking place," said Warren Lewis, with Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, in a news release Tuesday.

The park said those that wish to help are welcome to make donations, which are "much appreciated" at this time. Donations can be made here.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the gift shop will be closed until further notice.

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