Dozens of firefighters tackle large blaze at London Zoo cafe

Kristopher Drake
December 24, 2017

"We had our vet team on site immediately but sadly there was nothing that they could do for Misha", Jermey said.

The zoo - an iconic London attraction in Regent's Park - was closed to visitors Saturday, but after consulting with fire experts, it said it's confident it can open safely on Sunday morning.

An aardvark has died and four meerkats are unaccounted for and presumed dead after a blaze broke out Saturday morning at ZSL London Zoo, forcing its closure, the zoo said. "They worked incredibly hard in arduous conditions to bring it under control as quickly as possible and to stop it from spreading to neighboring animal enclosures".

According to the zoo's statement, it began in the Animal Adventure section but spread quickly to an adjacent shop.

The fire brigade was called at 6.08am.

An aardvark named Misha has died and an adventure café and shop severely damaged in a blaze at London Zoo that took more than 70 firefighters to bring under control.

"It's too soon to speculate on the cause of the fire but we will be working very closely with fire investigators over the coming days and weeks to ascertain the cause".

Security guards, along with zoo keepers who live on site, first responded to the fire, alerting authorities and moving the animals to safe locations within their enclosures, the zoo said.

Earlier, LFB confirmed 10 fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers were dispatched to the scene.

Fire crews from Kentish Town, Paddington, Euston, West Hampstead and other stations were sent to the scene.

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