One animal dead and four missing after huge London Zoo fire

Firefighters are at the scene

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

LFB said they were called at 6.08am to the Adventure cafe and shop on Saturday morning, but had managed to bring the blaze under control but would remain on the scene dampening down.

The zoo will remain closed on Saturday until further notice.

"Approximately three quarters of an adventure cafe and shop and half of the roof is now alight".

Officials said Misha died in the fire and the four missing meerkats were presumed to have perished as well.

"The London Fire Brigade were on the scene within minutes and the fire was brought under control by 9.16am".

Zoo director Dominic Jermey said the staff was "absolutely devastated" by the aardvark's death.

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

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

'We will aim to re-open when we know it is safe to do so for animals, staff and visitors'.

Fire crews from Kentish Town, Paddington, Euston, West Hampstead and other stations were sent to the scene. However, it confirmed on Twitter it would reopen Sunday.

It is not yet clear how the fire - which is at the Adventure Cafe Shop - started.

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

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