Jan 4 2013 By Cheryl Mullin
UP to 15 cats are feared to have died after a blaze ripped through a Staffordshire cattery.
Fire and Rescue services battled the blaze after it broke out at Pinetrees Cattery, 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.
He could not confirm how many animals were being housed at the time but the BBC reported that up to 15 might have died.
Station manager Dermot Hogan said: “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.”
The owner of the Pinetrees cattery spoke of her devastation.
A weeping Lynn Durnell said her own four cats were among the casualties.
Mrs Durnell said: “We’ve contacted those involved. It’s very hard. Four of the cats that died belonged to us. I’m devastated.”