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Emergency services attend Chester Zoo after large fire

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Saturday, Dec 15th, 2018.

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.”

The fire was reported at 11:28am and there are currently 15 appliances in attendace. Crews have been using breating apparatus and main jets to tackle the blaze in a building that is 100m x 25m big.

Earlier updates below…

Cheshire Fire Service have said there has been no reports of any injuries after the large fire earlier today at Chester Zoo.

In the latest update they say: “The zoo has been evacuated and all animals are accounted for. There are no reports of any injuries at this time.

“Drivers are advised to avoid the area.”

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

Original information below…

Fire crews are responding to a large fire at Chester Zoo that is believed to have started due to an electrical fault.

UPDATE 12:50pm: “We can confirm that the fire brigade is currently fighting a fire in our Monsoon Forest habitat. Visitors have been evacuated & our response team is working alongside emergency services to bring the situation under control. The zoo is now closed. We’ll update as soon as we can.”

Earlier update below… Chester Zoo have issued a holding statement this lunchtime, “We can confirm that the fire brigade is attending a fire in our Monsoon Forest habitat. “Visitors have been evacuated and asked to leave the zoo as teams work to bring the situation under control.” “The zoo’s animal teams are working to move all animals away from the incident.” The fire has occurred in the ‘Monsoon Forest’ section of the zoo, one of the newest sections of the Islands that opened in 2015. Emergency services were called at 11:40am, and no humans are believed to have been injured.

Several fire engines have been seen heading to the zoo, with the fire believed to be in the newest ‘Islands’ part of the attraction.

There is no update as of yet on either animals or humans affected.

The zoo is being evacuated.

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