FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. (AP) _ Authorities say at least 20 cats died and two buildings were destroyed in a fire at a Connecticut animal sanctuary.

Fire officials in rural Falls Village say high winds helped stoke the blaze Friday night at The Last Post, a refuge for cats whose owners have died or gone into nursing care.

The center’s directors were not at the site when it broke out, and no firefighters were injured in the incident.

The facility lost power Oct. 30 during the snowstorm that swept the Northeast. Its business manager says they were looking into whether a generator might be to blame for the fire, although the fire marshal says the cause was still being determined.

The late Pegeen Fitzgerald, a New York City radio personality, founded The Last Post in 1982.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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