FIRE UPDATE: A500 reopened during early hours,Chemical Lane remains closed.Further inqs ongoing by @staffsfire &police into cause
Two appliances are now in attendance damping down hot spots and 'good progress' is being made. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Around 50 firefighters are tackling a blaze at an industrial estate in the Longbridge Hayes area of Stoke-on-Trent.
They were called to Chemical Road shortly after 8.20pm this evening. The A500 is currently closed between Port Hill Island and Boxcroft Road, along with Reginald Mitchell Way.
Fire crews are tackling a large blaze in Longbridge Hayes in Stoke-on-Trent.
Around 50 firefighters have been called to a building at Chemical Lane in Burslem.
Staffordshire Fire Service say wooden pallets at the site caught fire and the blaze then spread to another building containing fireworks.
Pinetrees Cattery in Cannock have confirmed that despite initial reports, no cats escaped when a fire hit last week.
20 cats belonging to customers and 3 belonging to the owners of the Cattery died in the blaze. Two cats survived and are still being treated by their vet.
– Lynn Durnall, owner
We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to owners of the 20 cats who lost their lives in this fire. As has been reported we have also lost 3 of our own in the fire with a fourth hanging on at the vets.
The pain and grief resulting from this tragic accident is unimaginable for all effected.
We would like to thank all of the people that have posted words of support and also to those that have offered help, and been up to visit us.
Most owners have now been contacted apart from a couple who are out of communication.
All cats have now been identified and accounted for.
Several cats have been killed in a fire at a cattery in Staffordshire, with at least 18 currently unaccounted for.
The owners of the Pinetrees cattery in Cannock say the building was home to over 20 cats at the time, but some may have escaped when the fire broke out.
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.
Firefighter Phil McFarlane said watching the cat owners visit the cattery to see if their cat survived "has been difficult".
He added that they were working with the cattery owners to find how many cats were killed in the blaze.
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.
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.