Worthing: Cat found safe after cottage fire

A cat that was feared dead after a cottage fire has been found safe and sound.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue found the cat, called Sid, hiding in a bush, but he has since been reunited with his owners.

He disappeared after the chalet caught fire yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m.

Six fire engines were called to the fire in Pond Lane, Durrington, Worthing.

A fire department spokesperson said: “Sid the cat had a turbulent evening when he went missing during a fire at his home in Durrington last night.

The Argus: The fire at Pond Lane yesterdayThe Pond Lane fire yesterday (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

“Luckily our firefighter Gavin found him hiding in a bush and reunited him safely with his owners.”

The owner’s other cat was also found safe and sound.

The house was completely destroyed and a fundraiser was set up after the “horrible fire”.

The Argus: One of the West Sussex firefighters and Fire Rescue who saved SidOne of the West Sussex and Fire Rescue firefighters who rescued Sid (Image: WSFRS)

It read: ‘A local family had the misfortune of losing their home and belongings to a horrific fire in Durrington.

“Several firefighters, paramedics and police intervened for more than 7 hours to secure a cottage.

“Luckily everyone was safe, but with any major house fire, the days ahead will be filled with hopelessness, paperwork and despair.”

Teams from Worthing, Lancing, East Preston, Shoreham and Brighton’s East Sussex were in attendance.

For fundraising details, click here.