Santa, Mrs. Claus, assist during aquarium fire

Fire took place in kitchen around 12:45 p.m. Sunday

DRAPER, Utah – Guests at an aquarium in Utah were assisted by the help of two unlikely people: Santa and Mrs. Claus of the North Pole, when a fire took place there Sunday.

The pair were touring the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah when a fire occurred around 12:45 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus helped to evacuate visitors and staff while crews took care of the kitchen fire. 

"We just helped walk everyone down. Clearing out the upper floor, with all the employees, and getting everybody out and safe,' said Mrs. Claus.

There was some initial speculation a reindeer may have been involved, but Santa quickly debunked that rumor.

"Reindeer only come out one day a year. And that's Christmas Eve."

The fire department had the fire extinguished by 1 p.m.

The animals in the aquarium were all safe.

Both Santa and Mrs. Claus were happy to pose for pictures following the event. 

The aquarium was closed for the rest of the day. It will resume normal operating hours Monday.