Aardvark Killed, Meerkats Presumed Dead As Fire Shuts London Zoo

24 December, 2017, 02:09 | Author: Phil Peters
  • 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

Some 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines have tackled a blaze at ZSL London Zoo.

Unfortunately, the zoo confirmed in a statement that a 9-year-old aardvark named Misha perished in the fire. Four meerkats associated with the same attraction, however, are still unaccounted for.

A firefighter leaves the area after a fire destroyed a number of buildings at London Zoo on December 23, 2017 in London, England. "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".

Staff members were treated for smoke inhalation and shock after the blaze broke out near a zoo cafe in the early morning hours.

According to the zoo's statement, it began in the Animal Adventure section but spread quickly to an adjacent shop.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, and the zoo closed for the rest of the day.

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A fire at the London Zoo early Saturday that broke out before opening time left one aardvark dead and four meerkats missing and presumed dead.

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

"It's too soon to speculate on the cause of the fire but we will be working very closely with fire investigators over the coming days and weeks to ascertain the cause".

The zoo tweeted: 'ZSL is now dealing with an incident on site. It is set to reopen Sunday.

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said: "The first call was made at 6.08am this morning and ten engines with two cranes and 70 firefighters attended the scene".

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