Fire at Chester Zoo leads to evacuation of visitors | Knutsford Times

Fire at Chester Zoo leads to evacuation of visitors

By on December 15, 2018

Visitors have been evacuated from Chester Zoo following a large fire in the Monsoon Forest habitat.

On person has been treated for smoke inhalation but no further injuries have been reported.

Fifteen fire crews were involved in moving the animals away from the areas that were on fire. Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service have tweeted that “all animals are accounted for”.

The zoo is currently closed until further notice.

The Monsoon Forest habitat opened in 2015 and  is the UK’s largest zoological building. Orangutans, rhinoceros, crocodiles and plants are housed in the area, which has its own tropical weather conditions to replicate conditions in South East Asia.

The zoo attracts nearly two million visitors every year and houses over 21,000 animals.


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