Firefighters rescue man, dogs from Milford house fire

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A Milford man and his two pet dogs were rescued during a house fire, officials say.

The incident happened at 17 Elizabeth St. in Milford around 7:51 p.m.

Officials say when they arrived on scene that the homeowner attempted to go back inside the burning home to rescue his two pet dogs, but was stopped by firefighters.

Firefighters say they searched the home and found the two dogs unharmed.

The fire was under control in 15 minutes as firefighters opened up walls and the ceiling to check for hidden flames to insure the fire was completely extinguished, also using thermal imaging cameras in the adjacent rooms to prevent further damage.

No firefighters were injured during the fire, and the electrical power was disconnected and the gas shut off by the local utility companies.

Firefighters say the homeowner is deaf and did not hear the alarm from a smoke detector in the hallway, but had a hard-wired system and it was monitored by a 24-hour service, who called the fire department.

The Red Cross was called and aided the owner and his pets with a place to stay for the night until long term arrangements could be made with his family.

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