Firefighters, neighbors work to save a half-dozen cats from burning home

Amber Herring

A neighbor described the scene at a 15 South Main St. home today as "chaotic and calm" - as firefighters diligently worked to put out a kitchen fire and police, neighbors and emergency personnel scrambled to collect cats gone wild.

"I wanted to help because I’m a big animal lover and the cats were going around acting kind of crazy because of the fire. They didn’t know what was going on," said Samantha Egan, 15, a neighbor who helped police calm and collect the cats. One was dropped to safety by a firefighter from a second-floor window.

Firefighters arrived at the gray two-story home at about 12:11 p.m. they quickly put out the fire, which was contained in the kitchen, said Deputy Fire Chief Bill Touhey.

Five cats were taken to Milford’s Metrowest Veterinary Association, Inc. after being rescued from the house, collected and given oxygen by emergency personnel, neighbors and police, said Milford officer Joe Shuras.

"Only one bolted out of the house, and one had to be dropped out of a window," said Shuras.

A sixth cat that jumped out of a second story window got away, said Shuras.

"I thought one of them wasn’t going to make it on the way to the vet," said Shuras. "But they looked like they were responding once we got there. Three of them were good and two weren’t so good, but seemed to be coming around."

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Touhey said.

Amber Herring of The Milford (Mass.) Daily News may be reached at aherring@cnc.com or 508-634-7546.