Fire early Tuesday at senior apartments on High Street

A firefighter suffered a minor injury but no tenants were injured in a fire early Tuesday morning at a senior housing apartment complex at 264 High Street.

Firefighters said that at 4:23 a.m., Milford Fire Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a fire on the fifth floor of the 46-unit senior housing apartment complex.

Milford firefighters arrived in three minutes and found active fire venting out of a fifth floor window.

“The structure is equipped with a fire sprinkler system, which had activated and slowed the fire's progression,” said Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi.

Firefighters deployed a hose line and made an aggressive interior attack, bringing the blaze under control very quickly. The fire was confined to the single fifth-floor unit, although smoke and water damage affected other units and floors within the structure.

The occupants of the unit that burned managed to escape safely prior to the firefighters arrival. “Multiple tenants were evaluated on the scene by Milford Fire Paramedics but no injuries were reported,” Fabrizi said. “A Milford firefighter suffered a minor eye injury and was treated on the scene.”

The Milford Housing Authority was on the scene to assist any tenants affected or displaced by the fire.

An investigation was conducted by the Milford Fire Marshal's Division, and a cause has not been released at press time.