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Chester Zoo staff say they are "devastated" some animals died in Saturday's fire.
The blaze broke out in the roof of the Monsoon Forest area, leading to an evacuation of visitors.
Today the zoo confirmed insects, frogs, fish and small birds had died in the fire.
At this stage it's thought the fire started accidentally
An appeal for donations had already raised nearly 75 thousand pounds.
This report from Ralph Blunsom
This is their heartbreaking statement:
Cheshire Chief Fire office thanks officers for bringing fire at Chester Zoo under control.
Chester Zoo staff are still working to account for all animals affected by huge fire at the Monsoon Forest habitat.
Fire Crews were called to the zoo at 11.28am and there are currently 15 fire appliances in attendance at the scene.
Crews – wearing breathing apparatus and using main jets - are currently tackling the blaze in a building on the site, which is 100m by 25m.
The zoo has been evacuated and there are no reports of any injuries at this time.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area whilst emergency services continue to work at the scene.
The zoo’s The Lanterns event this evening has been cancelled and ticket holders notified by email. The zoo remains closed.
Visitors are being evacuated after reports of a fire at Chester Zoo.
Huge plumes of thick black smoke have been seen billowing from the site, with bright red flames leaping from a dome structure.
A spokeswoman said bosses were dealing with an 'ongoing incident', but would release further detail
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Latest ITV News reports
Fire investigators say the fire at Chester Zoo at the weekend was caused by an electrical fault.
Chester Zoo has thanked all those who have donated after a fire killed a number of animals - vowing to continue its conservation mission.