London Zoo fire: 70 firefighters tackle cafe blaze

London Zoo fire: 70 firefighters tackle cafe blaze

Unfortunately, the zoo confirmed in a statement that a 9-year-old aardvark named Misha perished in the fire. "They worked incredibly hard in arduous conditions to bring it under control as quickly as possible and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring animal enclosures", Station Manager David George said.

A spokeswoman for the LFB said: 'Approximately half of an adventure cafe and shop, which also contains an animal petting area, is now alight.

London Zoo also posted an update on Twitter, saying that while things were under control, the zoo would remain closed until further notice.

"All other animals in the vicinity are being monitored closely by our vets, but early signs suggest they have not been affected".

"Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers have been called to a fire at a cafe and shop at London Zoo", the London Fire Brigade said in an initial statement.

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Pictures showed the brightly coloured Adventure Cafe with blackened walls and smoke pouring out of its windows.

The zoo said it was "dealing with an incident on site". "We will update as quickly as the situation allows".

"Over the next few hours our specialist fire investigation teams will be searching through the debris and looking and seeing if they can establish a likely cause", he said. "The zoo with be open tomorrow, Sunday 24 December, from 10am". The fire started shortly after 6 a.m. local time.

He also added: "What we don't know is what, if any, animals were involved".

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