Lights at the Hartford Zoo have been turned off after firefighters extinguished a blaze that engulfed its main building, officials said.
The blaze at the zoo’s main building at 534 Main Street, about two miles west of Hartford, was extinguished around 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, according to the city’s fire department.
The fire was brought under control and the fire department was dispatched to the scene, the department said in a statement.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The zoo’s website reported that its “most important functions” had been completed.
The zoo had been open for more than 50 years, but it closed for renovations in December of last year after a fire in a nearby building killed a worker.
The Hartford Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to be opened as a nonprofit, but its management team decided to shut it down in late 2017 after an 18-month-long fire.
The organization had been in operation as a state-run organization since 1972.
In 2018, the Hartford Center, which is in the same building as the zoo, reopened to the public.