Fire breaks out at London Zoo

The zoo in North London is one of the capital's most popular attractions

Unfortunately, the zoo confirmed in a statement that a 9-year-old aardvark named Misha perished in the fire.

A number of zoo staff were treated for smoke inhalation and shock because of the incident, which was reported to emergency services just after 6am and attended by 72 firefighters and 10 fire engines.

The London Fire Brigade said 70 firefighters and ten fire engines were working to put out at the fire at the cafe and shop area of the park, which is close to the meerkat enclosure.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, and the zoo closed for the rest of the day. The zoo's beloved Misha the aardvark tragically died in the inferno and a total of four meerkats are still missing after the fire reached the Animal Adventure section.

'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.

Mr Jermey said: "Given the circumstances they are fine but they, like..."

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

Vets were called in to monitor the surviving animals and zookeepers were encouraged that there were no other signs of injury.

The fire started shortly after 6 a.m. (1 a.m. EST).

London Fire Brigade Station Manager Clive Robinson said firefighters will stay at the zoo throughout the morning to dampen any small pockets of fire.

"Crews will remain on the scene throughout the morning damping down the fire", the fire brigade said in a second statement.

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