Shelton fire leaves home uninhabitable

A morning fire at a Waverly Terrace house left the building uninhabitable and displaced four people, according to fire officials.

Assistant fire chief Nick Verdicchio said, around 9 a.m. here, firefighters were called to the report of a fire. Three companies and Shelton EMS responded and Verdicchio said no fire was immediately visible from outside the residence. Once inside, however, firefighters smelled “a strong odor of fire,” Verdicchio said.

They found a fire in the downstairs bedroom and extinguished it. Verdicchio said all occupants of the house had evacuated by the time firefighters showed up and no one was injured. The house is currently inhabitable, due to smoke damage, and Verdicchio said the Red Cross was on scene to assist the residents

The American Red Cross is providing assistance to meet the families’ immediate needs. The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.

In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more was provided.

Those affected will connect with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. The Red Cross is able to provide assistance through the generosity of our donors and the commitment of our volunteers.

The cause of the fire is unknown, and Verdicchio said the fire marshal is investigating.