Fire at London Zoo Leaves Four Meerkats Unaccounted For and One Aardvark Dead

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    On Saturday Morning, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) battled a fire at the London Zoo, which required 72 firefighters to control, two nights prior to Christmas Day.

    The blaze destroyed an adventure cafe and shop. It was proclaimed to be under control by 9.16 am on Saturday, after ten fire engines rushed to the scene. However, the LFB said that the firefighters remained on the scene to “damp down” the fire throughout the whole morning.

    London Zoo said that an aardvark that was called Misha died in the said fire, and four meerkats were still unaccounted for.

    “The fire mainly affected the cafe and shop. Part of nearby animal petting area was also affected,” stated Clive Robinson, the LFB station manager who attended the said incident.

    “Firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control as quickly as possible and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring animal enclosures. Crews will remain at the scene throughout the morning damping down any remaining pockets of fire.”

    London Zoo stated that the duty staff that live on site at the zoo were immediately on the scene of the incident after the fire broke out, shortly after 6 am, Saturday, and started transferring the animals to safety. Some of the staff were treated at the scene for smoke shock and inhalation.

    The fire service was requested to the incident at 6.08 am, and fire crews from Paddington, Kentish Town, West Hampstead, Euston, and other surrounding stations attended the scene of the incident.

    What caused the said fire has not yet been determined.

    London Zoo replied to worried Twitter users stating that an “incident” had happened on site and that the management would update people regarding the situation as soon as possible. It said that the zoo would be closed until further notice.