Six cats and three dogs die in house fire at Felmingham, near North Walsham

Four fire crews were at the scene of house fire in Felmingham. Photo: David Smith

Four fire crews were at the scene of house fire in Felmingham. Photo: David Smith - Credit: Archant

Pets have been killed in a house fire in Felmingham, near North Walsham, this morning.

House fire on North Walsham Road, Felmingham. Picture: TRACEY GRAY

House fire on North Walsham Road, Felmingham. Picture: TRACEY GRAY - Credit: Archant

The fire in North Walsham Road, Felmingham, was attended by fire crews from North Walsham, Aylsham, Cromer and Mundesley as well as police on Thursday morning .

It is understood six cats and three dogs died in the fire.

Station manager David Brett, of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, who was at the scene on Thursday said an investigation was now being carried out and officers were searching through the fire debris to determine the cause of the fire, which as yet was unknown.

He said originally they had attended thinking there may have been a person trapped inside but after five or six minutes they realised that was not the case, but six cats and three dogs had died in the fire.

He added: 'The house is not liveable the ground floor has received significant damage.'

He said there had also been a fear that neighbouring properties could have been affected by the fire, but that was not the case.

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Mr Brett added: 'We work closely with the Red Cross and we have a fire emergency support unit which is a camper van run by volunteers with the Red Cross and with the family they are pursuing the different things such as insurance and finding the family somewhere to stay for the foreseeable future as well.'