The fire started on the southwest corner on the second floor of the Rodeway Inn.
But it didn't stay there. Soon and Andre Frigo lost everything in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 30.
Milford's only hotel at the time was gone. Yellow caution tape stayed up around the property as construction equipment tore the building down piece-by-piece over the winter.
"We didn't know for sure if we wanted to rebuild at first," Andre said. "So, as people of faith, my wife and I turned to prayer. After a few weeks, we got a good signal from God that rebuilding is what we were supposed to do, so we started the process of looking for a contractor."
The Frigos found Kirk Studer, a general contractor from Spencer. Construction equipment still pulled up to the property -- but soon Studer's crews were putting walls up.
"We didn't even lose one day to weather," Andre recalled. "We were blessed with such beautiful weather this winter and Kirk did unbelievable work to put the building back together."
Rodeway Inn & Suites opened for business the first week of June. Soon is once again the General Manager of a business featuring 38 fresh rooms.
The couple will celebrate their return to the Milford business community with an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as part of Milford Pioneer Days.
The Frigos used their new start to update the business with a fitness center, laundry services and state-of-the-art accommodations. Guests have access to wireless and hard wire Internet.
Meeting rooms, computers and printers are available for business travelers. An executive room at the Inn includes a jacuzzi and a living room with a wet bar and sofa bed.
The entrance to the hotel also has a more open feel in the lobby and breakfast areas.
Changes can be seen from the outside as well -- Soon and Andre are proud of the patio area on the south side of the building.
Annex suites across Highway 71 were unharmed by last fall's fire. But Soon and Andre plan upgrades there as well.
They want Milford residents to know that they're back from the ashes. And, better than ever.