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Father of cattery owner: "I'd like to say how sorry we are"

Patrick Johnson the father of the cattery owner spoke outside the devastated site this afternoon saying "on behalf of my daughter I'd like to say how sorry we are, we all love our animals".

He went on to describe the moment they woke to find the cattery, which was housing around 20 cats, on fire.

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Cattery owners "devastated" by blaze

Over 25 firefighters tackled the blaze that devastated the cattery Credit: ITV Central

There were over 20 cats inside the Staffordshire cattery when it caught fire, 4 of which belonged to the cattery owners.

Patrick Johnson the father of the cattery owner said they are all "devastated" he added "on behalf of my daughter who runs the cattery we would like to say how sorry we are, we all love our animals."

The fire broke out at around 5.30am this morning at Pine Trees Cattery in Pottal Pool.

The owners of the cattery are trying to determine how many perished in the fire and how many escaped Credit: ITV Central

It is believed some of the cats managed to escape the wooden building and are now in the Cannock Chase area. Firefighters believe an electrical fault inside the cattery is to blame for the fire.

The owners of the cattery are now working to determine the number of cats that were killed in the fire.

Over 20 cats in cattery at time of blaze

It has been confirmed that there were over 20 cats inside the Staffordshire cattery when it caught fire.

The fire broke out at around 5.30am this morning at Pine Trees Cattery in Pottal Pool.

It is believed some of the cats managed to escape the wooden building as over 25 firefighters tackled the blaze.

"The building has been destroyed as it was predominantly a wooden structure and we've been unable to confirm so far how many cats have died in the fire.

"A fire investigation was carried out to establish how the fire started and we believe an electrical fault within one of the pens is to blame."

– Staffordshire Fire Station Manager, Dermot Hogan

Firefighters left the scene at 10.45am this morning, the cattery owners continue to assess how many cats died in the fire.

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Six crews attending fire at Cattery in Staffordshire

A number of animals are believed to have died in an ongoing fire at a cattery in Huntingdon in Staffordshire.

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Cats being treated following Staffordshire cattery blaze

Cats are being treated by vets as firefighters continue to battle a blaze at a cattery.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said two cats were taken away by vets after a fire broke out in one of the site's buildings in Cannock, Staffordshire, at about 5.30am today.

The fire brigade has six crews on the scene including a water carrier and a high volume pumping unit. The fire is ongoing.

Body of woman found in street

A woman's body was found in a street in Cannock at around 4:10am earlier this morning.

The woman, who has not yet been formally identified, was found dead in the Hazelslade area of the town.

Police are treating the death as 'unexplained'.

Detectives are examining the circumstances around the death, which is being treated as unexplained at this stage.

– Police spokesman

A post-mortem examination will take place over the coming days to establish the cause of death.

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