Cat dies following rescue from fire

MILFORD – A cat was the only casualty of a fire that damaged a Milford home on Jan. 12. A passerby reported smoke coming from the two-story colonial house at 274 North River Road, near Homestead Circle, at 3:04 p.m. It was considered under control at 3:31.

There was "heavy, heavy fire in the basement," Milford Fire Chief Jack Kelly said, and it had just broken into the first floor when firefighters arrived.

They rescued the cat from the house and administered oxygen, but the animal didn’t survive. Because the house was outside the town’s hydrant district, Milford called for tankers from Amherst, Mont Vernon, Wilton and Brookline, but they weren’t needed, Kelly said, because "it was knocked down pretty quick."

The house has heavy fire and smoke damage and is not habitable. It was home to two adults, including Masuam Barrett, a Hudson veterinarian. She declined the services of the Red Cross,

Kelly said. Kelly said Barrett also has dogs, and she that takes them to work with her.

The cause of the fire is under investigation