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London Zoo fire: 70 firefighters tackle cafe blaze

London Zoo fire: 70 firefighters tackle cafe blaze”

Firefighters are battling to extinguish a blaze at a London Zoo cafe. The fire has caused damage in a café and shop, which is near the penguin pool and camel enclosure.

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

ZSL people press officer Emma Edwards said: "The fire is in the adventure shop and cafe and the closest animals are in the children's zoo, a petting zoo with meerkats, porcupines, goats, pigs and other farmyard animals".

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"Sadly our vets have confirmed the death of our nine-year-old aardvark, Misha". "They worked incredibly hard in arduous conditions to bring it under control as quickly as possible and to stop it from spreading to neighboring animal enclosures".

"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".

"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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The zoo said it was "dealing with an incident on site".

Fire brigade officials described it as a "very well developed fire" that required 10 fire engines and 72 firefighters total to be put out. It is set to reopen Sunday. The fire started shortly after 6 a.m. local time. "There are also four meerkats unaccounted for at this stage, and we have limited access to site to confirm this".

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