London Zoo fire kills one animal, several still missing

London Zoo fire kills one animal, several still missing

London zoo has been shut today after a fire broke out.

Staff members who were at the zoo when the fire broke out were visibly distraught, and the zoo stated they were treated for shock and smoke inhalation.

Unfortunately, Misha the aardvark wasn't so lucky.

Four meerkats missing after a fire ripped through London Zoo are presumed to have died in the blaze.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, and the zoo closed for the rest of the day. Four meerkats associated with the same attraction, however, are still unaccounted for.

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

A spokesperson for LFB said: "Approximately half of an adventure cafe and shop, which also contains an animal petting area, was alight".

TV footage from the scene showed the Adventure Cafe and shop to be badly damaged.

Seventy-two firefighters with 10 engines battled for more than three hours to bring the blaze under control and prevent it spreading to other animal enclosures.

Firefighters from Kentish Town, Paddington, Euston, West Hampstead and other surrounding fire stations were sent to the blaze.

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It is the world's most seasoned logical zoo, dating from 1826, and houses 20,166 creatures, as per its stock for 2017.

'When they arrived our crews were faced with a very well developed fire.

London Fire Brigade's Clive Robinson explained: "The fire mainly affected the café and shop".

"The firefighters worked hard to control the fire as soon as possible and to prevent it from spreading to the animals" shelters nearby, ' the official noted.

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