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Donations target smashed after animals die in Chester Zoo fire

Donations to fire-hit Chester Zoo have more than doubled the target after it was confirmed not all animals could be saved from the blaze that ripped through its rainforest attraction.

The rush of financial support came as the the zoo's chief operating officer confirmed insects, frogs, fish and small birds died on what he described as "one of the toughest days in Chester Zoo’s long history".

Over £100,000 was raised as public generosity saw the JustGiving appeal surpass the £50,000 target on Sunday to help fund the Monsoon Forest recovery from Saturday's fire.

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Fire at Chester Zoo

David Clough Credit: David Clough

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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We remain at the scene and there are no reports of any injuries at this time.The team at the zoo are assessing the situation to account for all the animals.Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

– Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

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