Nearly 30 firefighters stopped the Drayton Manor fire spreading to other parts of the much-loved theme park as flames leapt 100ft into the night sky.
The lead fire officer said he feared embers from the blazing wooden roof would ignite other parts of the attraction after it took hold at around 10.30pm on Tuesday, December 15.
Crews spent almost four hours at the scene, with the blaze said to have begun in the Thomas Land area.
A total of 28 fire service personnel from across south Staffordshire were sent to the theme park, with the blaze put out at around 2am on Wednesday, December 16.
Incident commander Stuart Ruckledge said: “When I arrived I was concerned about the embers from the wooden roof structure catching on other nearby buildings, but thanks to the quick work of the first crews at the scene, Tamworth and Mercia, we were able to stop the spread.
“The on-site theme park staff were also very helpful in allowing us to use a golf buggy to run our hose and portable pumps across the site, were on hand to isolate the electrics and also answered questions about what was in certain areas including anything hazardous to crews.”
“Fire safety officers will support the park management during this already stressful time to ensure that further incidents are avoided.”
The fire was put out after crews broke through the roof of an adjoining building and used jets to prevent the blaze from spreading.
A fire appliance remained at the site, damping down hotspots, all night and this morning, to support the fire investigation.
No casualties were reported and all the park’s zoo animals were accounted for.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted at 11.04pm last night: “Fire crews from Tamworth, Mercia, Chase Terrace, Burton on Trent, Cannock and Barton Under Needwood are currently dealing with a large fire within the grounds of Drayton Manor. Please keep windows and doors closed.”
Drayton Manor said: “We can confirm we currently have a number of fire crews on site at the park.
“Since being made aware of the blaze, we have been in close contact with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, who have advised us that the situation is now, thankfully, under control.
“No one has been injured and all of the Park’s animals are safe. “It is not yet safe for us to survey the damage.
“For now, we echo the advice to local residents to keep doors and windows closed, and thank all those involved in the swift and effective response.”