Cats die in house fire

Seven cats have been killed in a house fire but six others were saved by fire crews.

The fire started in an airing cupboard on the first floor of Brodrick Road house at around 3.30pm. Residents of the property in Hampden Park were out at the time of the blaze but onlookers called the fire service after seeing smoke coming from the home.

It took fire crews around 15 minutes to bring the flames under control.

Seven cats when unable to escape and died in the house before fire crews could rescue them. However, two adult cats and four kittens were saved. The rescued moggies were given oxygen as treatment for smoke inhalation. Some of the pets were then taken to the local vets for checks and further treatment.

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