The fire broke out not long after 0600 GMT at the zoo’s Animal Adventure segment before spreading to the shop and bistro, close to a zone where guests can deal with and nourish creatures, the zoo and London Fire Brigade said.
More than 70 firefighters took three hours to bring the fire under control while frantic attendants who live on the site in Regent’s Park in focal London moved creatures to security. A portion of the staff required treatment for smoke inward breath and stun.
Ten-year-old Misha the aardvark, one of the zoo’s best-adored creatures, died in the fire and four of the meerkats were unaccounted for and are additionally attempted to have kicked the bucket.
“We’re completely crushed that Misha the aardvark has been slaughtered despite everything we’re endeavoring to discover the end result for the meerkats, however right now the site where this fire occurred is shut down,” Dominic Jermey, the zoo’s Director General, revealed to BBC TV.
“Right now we’re not sure what has happened to the meerkats but rather I’m not hopeful at this stage, lamentably.”
Different creatures close-by are being checked by vets, yet the zoo said signs were that they were unaffected. It said it would have liked to revive on Sunday.
The fire unit said it had sent 10 fire motors and 72 firefighters to the scene and included that the reason for the blast was under scrutiny.
“The fire essentially included the bistro and shop yet part of an adjacent creature petting zone was additionally influenced,” said Station Manager David George.
“When they arrived our groups were looked with an extremely very much created fire. They worked inconceivably hard in strenuous conditions to bring it under control as fast as would be prudent and to prevent it from spreading to neighboring creature fenced in areas.”