Coventry & Warwickshire

Latex T-Rex dinosaur destroyed in Coventry fire

The destroyed dinosaurs Image copyright West Midlands Fire Service
Image caption The animatronic dinosaurs, measuring 6m (19ft) long and 3m (9ft) high, were in the basement of a furniture warehouse on Hill Street

Two latex dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, have been destroyed in a fire in Coventry city centre.

The animatronic dinosaurs, measuring 6m (19ft) long and 3m (9ft) high, were in the basement of a furniture warehouse on Hill Street where a fire broke out at about 09:40 GMT.

Twenty firefighters tackled the blaze which the service says is now out.

The service said the furniture business supplied exhibits to theme parks.

The service said nobody was injured although two people needed treatment for the effects of smoke inhalation.

It is thought the blaze might have begun inside one of the dinosaurs, although the cause is still being investigated.

"We believe the dinosaurs were part of their stock exhibits for theme parks and theatres," West Midlands Fire Service said.

"Although the metalwork has survived, both dinosaurs were covered in latex so were largely destroyed."

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