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London Zoo fire injures 9 people, kills Misha the aardvark

London Zoo fire injures 9 people, kills Misha the aardvark

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

More than 70 firefighters are tackling a blaze at London Zoo.

London Fire Brigade officer Clive Robinson said that three-quarters of the cafe and shop, and half the roof, had been damaged by the fire, which also affected a nearby animal petting area. The tweet added that one aardvark had died and that four meerkats were missing.

More details to come...

London Zoo is due to reopen later following a fire which killed a number of animals and left several staff needing medical attention.

The zoo will remain closed until further notice.

More than 70 firefighters are now tackling a blaze that has broken out at a cafe and shop at London Zoo. The aardvark and the missing meerkats were in the Animal Adventure section.

London Fire Brigade are yet to determine the cause of the fire.

A beloved aardvark, Misha, has tragically died after a huge fire broke out at the London Zoo.

The fire broke out about 6am on Saturday (7pm NZ Time) near the meerkat enclosure, and the London Fire Brigade was called shortly after. We'd like to reassure you that the fire is now under control. "Crews will remain at the scene throughout the morning damping down any remaining pockets of fire".

The zoo, which is located in the north east corner of London's Regent's Park, is spread across a 36-acre area.

"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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