Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Visitors evacuated, animals moved after fire at British zoo

Visitors evacuated, animals moved after fire at British zoo

There's been a large fire at Chester Zoo.

The zoo tweeted to say it had closed the whole site, adding: "Visitors have been evacuated and our response team is working alongside emergency services to bring the situation under control".

'Visitors have been evacuated and asked to leave the zoo as teams work to bring the situation under control, ' the spokesperson added.

The blaze started in Monsoon Forest habitat and a spokesman for the zoo confirmed the fire brigade was on the scene.

Update: Cheshire Fire Service have deleted the below update that noted all animals were accounted for, with the line being replaced with "The team at the zoo are assessing the situation to account for all the animals". Fire @chesterzoo staff and keepers working hard to deal - hope the animals are all OK!

Eyewitnesses said they saw zoo staff running towards the blaze to rescue animals at risk inside the enclosure. "We'll update as soon as we can".

"The zoo's experts will be working intensively in the coming days and weeks to do this".

One person was treated for smoke inhalation as a result of the fire, according to North West Ambulance Service.

David Clough, aged 50, who lives across the road from the zoo, said: "We first saw signs of the fire shortly after 11.30am".

"Many of you have expressed that you would like to come along to the zoo to show your support, so we are able to confirm that the zoo will be open to visitors on Sunday 16 December".

"Crews - wearing breathing apparatus and using main jets - are now tackling the blaze in a building on the site, which is 100m by 25m".

There are now 15 fire appliances in attendance at the scene.

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