| Cats killed in cattery fire|
|At least four cats have died and several more are unaccounted for after a blaze ripped through a cattery.|
Staffordshire fire and rescue service battled the blaze at the Pinetrees cattery in Stafford Road, Cannock, at 5.30am on Friday.
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.
The 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 fire brigade sent six crews to the incident, including a water carrier and a high volume pumping unit. A fire service spokesman said: "The cattery owners will be contacting the animals' owners in due course." Crews left the scene at 10.43am on Friday.
The owner of the cattery spoke of her devastation. A weeping Lynn Durnell said: "We've contacted those involved. It's very hard. Four of the cats that died belonged to us. I'm devastated."