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Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze Sunday afternoon at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium — and received some help from ol' St. Nick.

The fire was first reported about 12:45 p.m. at the aquarium, located at 12033 Lone Peak Parkway in Draper. When firefighters arrived, they found the flames on the roof, said Unified Fire Authority spokesman Chris Atkin.

One of UFA's fire inspectors happened to be at the aquarium for a Christmas party, playing Santa Claus. When the fire broke out, "Santa" helped evacuate the building, Atkin said.

Using ladder trucks, firefighters extinguished the fire within an hour without interrupting power to the building, including the animals' habitats, Atkin said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

After the fire was out, the aquarium announced that all of its animals were safe and that it would remain closed the rest of the day.

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