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London Zoo fire: 70 firefighters tackle cafe blaze

London Zoo fire: 70 firefighters tackle cafe blaze

A nine-year-old aardvark named Misha was killed and four meerkats are "presumed" to have died after going missing during the fire on Saturday morning.

"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.

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

One person was taken to hospital and eight were treated at the scene for injuries.

"Those staff who were first on the scene have been treated on site for shock and smoke inhalation".

Flames: Firefighters work to bring the blaze under control.

A spokesman for the zoo confirmed the death of Misha, and said that it was not yet possible to say what had happened to the animals unaccounted for.

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".

The cause of the fire is not yet known. However, it confirmed on Twitter it would reopen Sunday.

"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.

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