LONDON — More than 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines fought a blaze at the London Zoo early on Saturday that engulfed a cafe and left some zoo staff in shock and suffering from smoke inhalation, the zoo said.
No animals were immediately reported to have been injured, but an aardvark was missing, the zoo said.
The zoo, in Regent’s Park in central London, will remain closed until further notice.
The fire broke out shortly about 6 a.m. local time in the Animal Adventure section of the zoo — near an area where visitors feed the animals — and spread to an adjacent gift shop and cafe, the zoo said in a statement.
Staff members quickly moved animals like llamas and camels to safety, and the fire was brought under control about 9 a.m.
“A number of zoo staff have been treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and shock,” the statement said. “Our staff are now in the process of assessing the situation in difficult conditions. At present, one aardvark is currently unaccounted for.”
The London Fire Brigade said it had sent 10 fire engines and 72 firefighters to the scene. The cause of the blaze was under investigation.
“The fire mainly affected the cafe and shop,” said Station Manager Clive Robinson. “Part of nearby animal petting area was also affected although at this stage we don’t know if any animals were involved.”
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