The fire started in the Animal Adventure zone, a children's zoo which houses goats, sheep, donkeys, llamas, aardvarks, meerkats, and pigs."Duty staff that live on site at the zoo were on the scene immediately, and started moving animals to safety," said a zoo spokesman.
About three-quarters of the building and half of its roof were ablaze.Several staff members were treated for smoke inhalation and shock following the blaze, which began in a petting area and spread to a nearby shop and cafe.Zoo workers rushed to save the animals after flames broke out at about 6am."Crews will remain at the scene throughout the morning damping down any remaining pockets of fire." Firefighters from Kentish Town, Paddington, Euston, West Hampstead and other surrounding fire stations were sent to the blaze.The zoo, in Regent's Park in the north-west of the capital, is usually open every day except Christmas Day.