The fireplace broke out shortly after 0600 GMT on the Animal Journey part earlier than spreading to an adjoining reward store and cafe, close to an space the place guests can deal with and feed animals, the zoo and London Fireplace Brigade stated.
Workers on obligation moved animals to security and the hearth was introduced underneath management about three hours later.
“Various zoo employees have been handled on the scene for smoke inhalation and shock,” the zoo stated in an announcement. “Our employees are actually within the strategy of assessing the scenario in tough circumstances. At current one aardvark is presently unaccounted for.”
The zoo, situated in Regent’s Park in central London, stated it could be stay closed till additional discover.
The attraction, the world’s oldest scientific zoo which dates it origins again to 1826, homes 20,166 animals, in keeping with its stock for 2017.
The fireplace brigade stated it had despatched 10 hearth engines and 72 firefighters to the scene, including the reason for the blaze was underneath investigation.
“The fireplace primarily affected the cafe and store,” stated Station Supervisor Clive Robinson. “A part of close by animal petting space was additionally affected though at this stage we do not know if any animals had been concerned.”
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Modifying by Edmund Blair and Stephen Powell)
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