2 hospitalized; cat rescued from Milford fire
MILFORD — Two people were taken to the hospital and one cat was rescued in a fire Saturday morning, according to fire officials.
The fire department fielded several calls for a reported working fire at 28 ½ Crowley Ave. just before 9 a.m.
Crews responded to the scene and found a 2.5-story room and boarding house with heavy fire coming through multiple windows from the second floor, according to Battalion Fire Chief Thomas A. Thornberg.
“Fire attack started with a quick darkening of the fire venting from the exterior as a second fire attack line advanced to the second floor through the interior stairs,” he said.
Crews came across heavy fire in the second-floor hallway, Thornberg said, that had burned through the top of the closed door of the apartment room.
A third attack line was stretched to the third floor because of the flames burning through the ceiling and walls.
Thornberg said firefighters searched the dwelling and rescued a cat that was still inside.
The home’s smoke detectors alerted the occupants when the fire broke out, Thornberg said.
“Another major factor that kept the bulk of the fire in place was due to a closed door to the fire apartment,” he said. “Although the top of the door was burned away when crews got to the second floor, it gave the occupants enough time to exit the building.”
Seven people were “self-rescued,” Thornberg said, but two had to be transported to the hospital. One patient had burns on their hands and the other was treated for smoke inhalation.
The Red Cross is helping relocate those displaced by the blaze.
The fire marshal is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.