China fire kills 150 cats in woman's home: Report

BEIJING - About 150 stray cats cared for by an elderly woman died in a blaze at her home in Beijing, a report said Saturday.

"Granny Ding" had taken in stray cats and dogs for the past 30 years and looked after them at her traditional courtyard style house in central Beijing, the Beijing Morning Post reported.

The fire broke out early Friday and destroyed three rooms where around 150 cats were staying and unable to escape.

A further 30 cats and 50 dogs who shared the 84-year-old's bedroom survived.

Ding told the newspaper that she lived alone and sought the company of animals because she had missed out on marriage due to having contracted tuberculosis when she was young.