An animal is missing after a fire broke out at the London Zoo this morning.
The Zoo confirmed an aardvark is unaccounted for following the blaze which started near the camel enclosure and spread to an adjacent shop.
Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called shortly after 6am to reports of a fire in the Animal Adventure section of the Zoo.
A number of zoo staff were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and shock while animals were moved away to safety.
It is not yet clear how the fire started.
Pictures on Twitter showed smoke billowing from the building as firefighters worked at the scene.
The London Fire Brigade said they would remain at the scene for the rest of the morning to ‘damp down’ the fire.
In a statement, the London Zoo said: ‘ZSL London Zoo can confirm that at approximately 6am on Saturday 23 December a fire broke out in the Animal Adventure section of the Zoo, and spread to an adjacent shop.
‘Duty staff that live on site at the zoo were on the scene immediately, and started moving animals to safety.
‘The London Fire Brigade were on the scene within minutes and the fire was brought under control by 9:16am.
‘A number of zoo staff have been treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and shock.
‘Our staff are now in the process of assessing the situation in difficult conditions. At present one aardvark is currently unaccounted for.
‘We are immensely grateful to the fire brigade, who reacted quickly to the situation to bring the fire under control.
‘The zoo will remain closed until further notice, and we will work closely with fire investigators to determine the cause of the incident.’