Fire breaks out at London Zoo

24 December, 2017, 02:09 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • London Zoo Fire

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. Four meerkats associated with the same attraction, however, are still unaccounted for.

Zoo: Firefighters dampen down the blaze.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the fire broke out in a cafe and shop near the Meerkat enclosure and an animal petting area.

Early Saturday morning a massive fire broke out at the Animal Adventure section of the London Zoo, resulting in the death of a 10-year-old aardvark and the disappearance of several meerkats.

Officials are checking the rest of the animal population and the zoo remained closed to the public on what had been expected to be a busy day at the popular facility in Regent's Park.

"Approximately three quarters of an adventure cafe and shop and half of the roof is now alight".


London Fire Brigade station manager David George said the cause of the fire hasn't been established.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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.

A team of 70 fire fighters and ten engines spent two hours tackling the blaze after a 999 call was made at 6.08am. "The zoo with be open tomorrow, Sunday 24 December, from 10am".

Zoo staff members were at the scene within minutes, and the fire was brought under control with firefighters' help about three hours later.

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