Chester Zoo evacuated following enclosure fire

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"He said around 40 animals had been evacuated, people were still in there but they were getting told to leave".

Image: Fire can be seen coming from the zoo.

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

A spokesperson said: "The zoo has been evacuated and all animals are accounted for".

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, one eye-witness said: "We saw the fire as we arrived, we thought it may be the zoo but we went into the vehicle park anyway".

On Facebook at around 12.30pm, a spokesperson for Chester Zoo said: "We can confirm that the fire brigade is now fighting a fire inside our Monsoon Forest habitat".

Chester Zoo is EVACUATED as huge fire breaks out at wildlife park that's home to 21,000 animals
Visitors evacuated as fire breaks out 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". The Monsoon Forest building in the zoo's new Islands development was on fire.

He added: "We were very anxious for the people and animals that would have been in the building".

"It has an inflatable roof that was burning".

The 14-acre section houses Sumatran orangutans, rhinoceros hornbills, crocodiles and a variety of plant species.

Some visitors took to social media to share footage of the fire with one lady tweeting: "Oh gosh!"

ALL animals are accounted for after Chester Zoo's serious fire this afternoon, Saturday. They do incredible conservation work as well as introducing animals to many generations.

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