A fire inside a Hudson home caused about $250,000 in damage, authorities said.

The Ellis family was home when the fire inside their Division Street residence began at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. All four escaped unharmed. Two family cats died in the fire, one is missing and a fourth survived.

Fire officials say the blaze started in the basement and was brought under control in about 16 minutes. A cause is being investigated. Damage to the home was about $150,000. Another $100,000 in damage was reported on property inside the house.