Firefighters rescue stray kitten from inside Hitchin hotel wall

The cat that was rescued from the wall in the hotel in Hitchin. Picture: Hitchin Fire Station

The cat that was rescued from the wall in the hotel in Hitchin. Picture: Hitchin Fire Station - Credit: Archant

Firefighters today cut into a Hitchin hotel wall to rescue a stray kitten that had been stuck there overnight.

The cat that was rescued from the wall in the hotel in Hitchin. Picture: Hitchin Fire Station

The cat that was rescued from the wall in the hotel in Hitchin. Picture: Hitchin Fire Station - Credit: Archant

The extremely small cat was stuck in a void in one of the corridor walls at The Sun Hotel in Sun Street.

The crew from Hitchin Fire Station had to reach inside and help her get out at about lunchtime.

Watch commander Julian Dennis told the Comet this afternoon: “The stray cat somehow got into the roof void and fell down into the wall next to it.

“Someone there heard her meowing all night, went to reception in the morning and they couldn’t work out where it was – so they called us.

“We ended up cutting a section of wall out in a corridor, and we found the kitten in there because we could hear her meowing.

“It was about 20 minutes to locate her, and by then we’ve started to listen where she was. To cut the wall was about five minutes, and then one of the lads reached through and picked her out.

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“She wasn’t very happy – very shocked. Now it’s been rehomed.

“I’ve known similar cases before, but not quite like this. It’s quite an old building – so the cat’s lucky she found her way to where she was, or she might well have not got out.”

Clare Fraser from The Sun Hotel said: “The cat was heard overnight Monday and throughout the day.

“The fire brigade were absolutely brilliant and called later on to say that they wanted to rehome the kitten.

“It is a little girl kitten which we all wanted to call Sunny, but that will be down to the new owner – who works for a rescue and is a friend of my sister. She couldn’t resist keeping her once she saw her.”

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