Blaze at London Zoo as 70 firefighters tackle flames

London zoo

Dominic Jermey, director general for ZSL, said some staff were treated for smoke inhalation and shock.

Misha the aardvark in London, Britain on December 23, 2017. "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".

Officials are checking the rest of the animal population and the zoo remained closed to the public on what had been expected to be a busy day at the popular facility in Regent's Park.

"Sadly our vets have confirmed the death of our nine-year-old aardvark, Misha", the zoo said.

Pictures showed the brightly coloured Adventure Cafe with blackened walls and smoke pouring out of its windows.

"All other animals in the vicinity are being monitored closely by our vets, but early signs suggest they have not been affected".

Zoo: Firefighters dampen down the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

"We will aim to re-open when we know it is safe to do so for animals, staff and visitors". However, it confirmed on Twitter it would reopen Sunday.

It took 72 firefighters just over three hours to put the fire out.

A statement said: "Fire crews from Kentish Town, Paddington, Euston, West Hampstead and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene".

The alarm was raised shortly after 6:00 am (0600 GMT), and it was not until around 9:30am that the fire was brought under control.

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