At around 6 in the morning a call was received at London fire brigade reporting fire to the Adventure café and shop near the Meerkat enclosure in London.
Photos circulating in social media show smoke billowing from the building.
Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters have been deployed to tackle the blaze at London zoo. So far no injuries have been reported to either people or animal.
LFB spokeswoman said, “Approximately half of an adventure café and shop, which also contains an animal petting area, is currently alright. It is not believed any animals are involved at this stage.”
The animals have been moved to safety and after three hours the fire was brought to control. The zoo staff are assessing the situation.
Located in Regent’s Park in central London, the zoo houses 20,166 animals and its origin dates back to 1826. It is the oldest scientific zoo in the world.
Station Manager Clive Robinson said cafe and shop were mainly affected by the fire. However, certain part of the animal petting area was also affected.
He added, “Firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control as quickly as possible and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring animal enclosures.”
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Firefighters from West Hampsted, Euston, Paddington, Kentish Town and other nearby stations were also deployed.
The zoo usually opens every day.