A popular pub cat that got lost following a large fire has been found hidden in pipes.
Customers of the Star Inn at Folly Hall were left devastated when they thought they had lost Tizzi for good.
The cat went missing shortly after the pub was evacuated due to the massive fire at the former Hunter Group waste site.
Tizzi, an adorable four-year-old white and tabby cat who has a regular seat at the bar, was taken to the apartment of Star Inn owner Sam Watts’ colleagues on Thursday evening.
That was after firefighters ordered everyone in the pub at around 6pm to leave due to the fire risk.
But soon after arriving at the apartment of pub workers Adam Fazakerly and Sarah Smith, where she was due to spend the night with Sam and her cocker spaniel Tilli, she went missing.
Sam sparked a search on Facebook after telling customers she had gone missing.
Sam said “We took her to the apartment and thought there was no way she could escape.
“But she had just disappeared by Friday morning.
“We were absolutely devastated.
“The only hole we found was a small one behind the toilet.
“I was worried that somehow she had escaped then wandered off somewhere she didn’t know because it would have been too noisy with all the commotion from the fire to have gone back to the pub.
“I told our customers on our Facebook page and everyone was really worried.
“She’s so well known and even has her own seat – she gets very cross if anyone tries to sit in it.”
After an unsuccessful search, Sam was left with no choice but to return to the pub without her.
“We were allowed to re-open the pub on Friday and Adam decided to look for her after his shift.
“He ended up tearing his bathroom apart and eventually found her between some pipes.
“They found her curled up in a tiny ball – she must have been so frightened.
“He said it took a while to convince her to come out – I think she must have got stuck because I had shaken a bag of treats, which she loves, in there the night before.”
Tizzi spent the night recuperating at the flat.
“I’m over the moon that she’s been found and can’t wait to have her back.
“She’ll be back on her perch in the pub this evening with all the customers.”