London Zoo fire kills one animal, several still missing

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"We will continue to monitor them over the coming days", the zoo said.

The zoo - an iconic London attraction in Regent's Park - was closed to visitors Saturday, but after consulting with fire experts, it said it's confident it can open safely on Sunday morning. "There are also four meerkats unaccounted for at this stage, and we have limited access to site to confirm this".

Flames ripped through the Animal Adventure section just after 6am, spreading to a cafe that included a petting zoo, and a gift shop near a penguin pool at the back of the site.

A beloved aardvark, Misha, has tragically died after a huge fire broke out at the London Zoo. London Fire Brigade have stated that no animals or people have been injured in the blaze, which began at around 06:00 near the Adventure cafe.

Unfortunately, the zoo confirmed in a statement that a 9-year-old aardvark named Misha perished in the fire.

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The zoo said the other animals were being closely monitored by its vets but appeared to not have been affected by the blaze, which broke out around 6 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) and was under control some three hours later.

A raging fire erupted at the London Zoo in the early hours of December 23 as courageous firefighters rushed to put out the insane blaze.

"Over the next few hours our specialist fire investigation teams will be searching through the debris and looking and seeing if they can establish a likely cause", he said.

Earlier, LFB confirmed 10 fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers were dispatched to the scene.