London Zoo fire: 70 firefighters tackle cafe blaze

London Zoo fire

TWITTER BLAZE Emergency services rushed to tackle a fire at the London Zoo

"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.

"Sadly our vets have confirmed the death of our nine-year-old aardvark, Misha", the zoo said.

Dominic Jermey, director general for ZSL, said some staff were treated for smoke inhalation and shock.

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At its worst, the flames spread to a shop and at one point, 70 firefighters were on the scene battling the fire, which sent one person to the hospital. The Zoo will be closed for the day and fire crews will remain on site for some time damping down.

A fire at the London Zoo early Saturday that broke out before opening time left one aardvark dead and four meerkats missing and presumed dead.

"Approximately three quarters of an adventure cafe and shop and half of the roof is now alight". We will continue to monitor them over the coming days.

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"We are all naturally devastated by this, but are immensely grateful to the fire brigade, who reacted quickly to the situation to bring the fire under control", the statement expressed. It took 72 firefighters just over three hours to extinguish the fire. However, it confirmed on Twitter it would reopen Sunday.

The fire started shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, and staff who live on the site immediately started moving animals to safety, officials said.

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