A hero cat saved a woman from a flat blaze after pawing her face and saying get miaow-t.

The 17-year-old puss, Tizzy, swiped sleeping Michelle Prince on the nose after curtains in her Peacehaven home caught fire.

Shop worker Michelle, 41, who said she owed her life to the marvellous mog, said: “She is a hero because she really did save my life. I know I would have just slept on because it was the middle of the night and the whole bedroom would have gone up. I've got four shelves full of soft toys and a basket of washing next to the window and they could easily have caught fire next. I dread to think what would have happened.”

Michelle, of Fairfield, in Sutton Avenue, managed to put out the flames, which had been caused by a heater under the curtains, before calling firefighters.