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Scores of Firefighters Rush to Put Out London Zoo Blaze


Firefighters stand near a building at London Zoo following a fire that broke out at a shop and cafe at the attraction, in central London, Dec. 23, 2017.

More than 70 firefighters tackled a blaze at London Zoo on Saturday after a fire broke out at a cafe and shop at the attraction. No animals were reported injured.

The blaze broke out shortly after 0600 GMT, London Fire Brigade said. The fire was near an area where visitors can handle and feed animals but none were thought to have been involved.

“The fire at @zsllondonzoo is now under control but crews will remain on the scene throughout the morning damping down the fire which has affected a cafe and a shop,” the fire brigade said on Twitter.

Ten fire engines were sent to the zoo in Regent’s Park in central London. The fire brigade had earlier said that about three-quarters of the Adventure Cafe and a gift shop were alight. The cause of the fire was not yet known.

The attraction, the world’s oldest scientific zoo, which dates it origins back to 1826, houses 20,166 animals, according to its inventory for 2017.

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