Cats die in cattery fire

At least four cats have been confirmed dead and at least 18 are still unaccounted for after a fire at a cattery in Cannock in Staffordshire.

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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.

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Electrical fault believed to be cause of cattery fire

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

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