More than a day later, smoke emits from hotspots at Shelton fire scene

Workers at the fire scene observe smoke from a hotspot at the downtown Shelton fire scene on Tuesday morning.

Workers at the fire scene observe smoke from a hotspot at the downtown Shelton fire scene on Tuesday morning.

City officials were meeting inside a van near the fire scene on Tuesday morning, due to the excessive cold temperatures outside. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Mayor Mark Lauretti, Fire Marshal James Tortora, and other fire, police and building officials were discussing the cleanup of the site after Monday morning’s massive fire.

The surviving mailbox from the apartment complex is surrounded by debris from the Shelton fire.

The surviving mailbox from the apartment complex is surrounded by debris from the Shelton fire.

State Police personnel also were said to be at the scene to help with the investigation.

There are still a few visible hotspots on the Howe Avenue property, where almost an entire city block was ravaged by fire. Smoke can be seen drifting into the air from these hotspots.

Police tape near the Shelton post office keeps onlookers away from where workers are continuing to take apart remnants of the collapsed building.

Police tape near the Shelton post office keeps onlookers away from where workers are continuing to take apart remnants of the collapsed building.

Some workers also were continuing to work on demolition of brick remnants and other parts of the main four-story building that totally collapsed.

As of mid-morning, the one-story structure closest to Center Street that houses Liquid Lunch and a few other storefronts was still standing. It appears city building officials will have to determine whether that building structure will have to be taken down or not.

A set of outdoor stairs now leads to nowhere after the downtown Shelton fire destroyed much of a city block.

A set of outdoor stairs now leads to nowhere after the downtown Shelton fire destroyed much of a city block.

 

 

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