Chessington World of Adventures: Theme park closed after fire at cafe


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The Chessington World of Adventures theme park has been forced to close after a major fire in an on site cafe.

Eight fire engines attended the scene at the Creaky Cafe at the South West London theme park and zoo on Saturday morning, London Fire Brigade said.

Emergency services were called shortly before 9am this morning with reports of the blaze. A Chessington spokesman said no staff, visitors or animals were injured.

The park had been open for Christmas events including a Santa's Grotto and 'festive zoo days'.

“This morning, prior to the park opening, a fire broke out in Chessington World of Adventures, the resort theme park in Surrey,” the company statement said.

“Well-practised emergency procedures were immediately put into operation and the emergency services were called and several fire engines were on site within minutes.

“The theme park and zoo were closed at the time of this incident and, therefore, no guests were involved. All staff areas were immediately evacuated and all staff and animals are safe and well.

“The fire has been brought under control and the fire service remain on site and in charge of the incident. The theme park and zoo will remain closed today.”

He added that police and the park's management are currently investigating the cause of the incident.

Craig Carter, a station manager for the London Fire Brigade, said the crews worked “exceptionally hard” to bring the blaze under control.

Speaking at the theme park, he said: “London Fire Brigade was called at 8.41am to a fire at Chessington World of Adventures. Crews were quickly on scene.

“At its peak, eight fire engines attended this incident - four from London Fire Brigade and four from Surrey Fire and Rescue Services.

“At the moment, whilst we have got operations still ongoing at the scene, it's difficult for me to ascertain the exact extent of the damage.

“What I would say is that our fire investigators from London Fire Brigade are on site, they will be investigating the cause and origin of the fire and will have further information later in the day.”