2:51 pm, Fri 04 Jan 2013
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.
2:23 pm, Fri 04 Jan 2013
Over 25 firefighters tackled the blaze that devastated the cattery
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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
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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.
12:43 pm, Fri 04 Jan 2013
Firefighters arrived and found the building well alight. The cattery owners stated that there had been over 20 cats in the cattery, however some are believed to have escaped from the building after the fire broke out.
The building has been destroyed as it was predominately 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.
– Dermot Hogan, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Station manager
12:40 pm, Fri 04 Jan 2013
The owner of the Pinetrees cattery spoke of her devastation after a blaze ripped through the building last night.
A weeping Lynn Durnell said her own four cats were among the casualties:
We've contacted those involved. It's very hard. Four of the cats that died belonged to us. I'm devastated.
12:24 pm, Fri 04 Jan 2013
Two cats have been confirmed dead and at least 18 are still unaccounted for after a blaze ripped through a cattery.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service battled the blaze at the cattery in Stafford Road, Cannock, at 5.30am.
A spokesman confirmed the brigade was not treating the fire as suspicious and said several of the missing cats might have escaped unharmed.
8:20 am, Fri 04 Jan 2013
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.