Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Latest update following 'major incident' at Chester Zoo today

Latest update following 'major incident' at Chester Zoo today

'The zoo's animal teams are working to move all animals away from the incident'.

About 21,000 animals are housed at the zoo.

It is not yet known if there have been any casualties.

The zoo tweeted the blaze was in its Monsoon Forest habitat.

In a statement, the zoo said: "Sumatran orangutans and other mammals are all accounted for".

15 fire appliances were sent to the zoo, crews wearing breathing apparatus and using main jets - brought the fire under control and it has now been extinguished the fire service has said.

A huge fire has erupted inside an enclosure at Chester Zoo. "We are working hard to account for all other species".

He added: "It was spreading across the roof in strong winds for a while".

"Visitors have been evacuated and asked to leave the zoo as teams work to bring the situation under control".

The zoo which did not give a cause for the fire said it worked with emergency services to bring the situation under control
PETER BYRNE APThe zoo which did not give a cause for the fire said it worked with emergency services to bring the situation under control

'We will update with more details as soon as we have them'.

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

He said fire crews arrived "immediately" and zoo staff were handling the situation "very well".

The Monsoon Forest enclosure, opened in 2015, includes crocodiles, a tentacled snake and an Asian forest tortoise.

"Really hope staff, visitors, and animals are getting out".

The zoo has shared a number of updates on social media, in which it has confirmed the zoo remains closed and that visitors were evacuated.

It is the largest indoor zoo exhibit in United Kingdom history, according to Chester Zoo, and is home to tropical animals and plants.

It's thought to be the UK's most visited zoo outside London.

The venue says it plays a significant part in wildlife conservation, helping to save endangered species.

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