Dec 21 2013
A theme park has been forced to close after a blaze in a cafe on site.
Eight fire engines are on the scene at Creaky Cafe at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey, London Fire Brigade said.
There are no reports of any injuries.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "There are some road closures in place to ensure people are kept a safe distance away."
London Ambulance Service received a call about the fire at 9am and sent emergency response crews to the scene.
In a statement on its website, Chessington said: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, Chessington will be closed today.
"If you had tickets booked for today they will be valid for another day in the future. Further updates will follow."
A fire control officer said there was an "eight-pump fire" at the Creaky Cafe.
A Chessington spokesman said no staff, visitors or animals were injured.
"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.
It added: "The health and safety of our guests, staff and animals is our primary objective and Chessington World of Adventures Resort's management team, in conjunction with the fire service, are investigating the cause of the incident.
"The theme park and zoo will remain closed today."