By Melissa Locker
May 07, 2019
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The Ashdown Forest, the woodlands in England, that inspired the creation of the Hundred Acre wood where Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and the rest of the gang lived, has been severely damaged in a forest fire. As Eeyore would say, "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be."

Firefighters in East Sussex, England, rushed to the forest after a fire broke out on Sunday night. According to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, reports of the fire first came in from members of the public and police around 9:30 p.m. local time on Sunday night and crews from across the area worked through the night to battle the blaze. By Monday morning, the firefighters had the blaze under control, but the damage had been done.

As fire investigators work to determine the cause of the blaze, which they believe was an unfortunate accident, nature lovers—and Winnie the Pooh fans mourn the destruction of the forest, which is a protected space for its wildlife, presumably both real and imaginary.

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Author A.A. Milne was living in Hartfield, near the Ashdown Forest and its Five Hundred Acre Wood, when he was inspired to write his beloved Winnie the Pooh books, the BBC reports. Through the wonders of Milne's imagination, the world was introduced to Christopher Robin and his friends Kanga, Roo, Tigger, Owl, Eeyore, Piglet, and that Silly Old Bear, Pooh. Fans of the 2017 biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin may recognize the Ashdown Forest, as it's where Milne wandered as he created the world of Winnie the Pooh and friends for his son, Christopher Robin.

Of course, Pooh and his friends are imaginary and were unharmed in the blaze. Luckily, forest rangers are hopeful that some of Winnie the Pooh's real-life animal neighbors survived the fire. "Large animals like foxes and deer would have been able to move out of the area quite quickly," forest ranger Chris Sutton told the BBC. Now, someone tell Eeyore that it's going to be okay.

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