CHESTER Zoo has been evacuated after a fire broke out in the Monsoon Forest habitat area. Visitors were forced to flee after black smoke was seen spreading across the popular attraction in the north-west just after noon.
"We had two rapid response vehicles and one ambulance on the scene, all of which cleared as there were no patients," she said.
"There is one patient with smoke inhalation. We've got an officer on the scene."
The Zoo is home to over 21,000 animals and 500 different species including crocodiles, monkeys and exotic birds.
The 14-acre Monsoon Forest habitat section has its own tropical weather conditions, with temperatures reaching 26.6C to replicate conditions in South East Asia.
The Zoo is said to be the UK's most visited zoo outside London, drawing nearly two million visitors annually.
According to its website, the popular tourist attraction is the largest indoor zoo exhibit in UK history.