DETAILS: Firefighters keep Shelton house fire contained to basement

Three Shelton fire companies responded to a house fire on Thursday morning at 83 Old Stratford Road. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

The fire started in the basement of a single-family home, located in a wooded setting on a hill close to the Route 8 highway.

The occupant or occupant had called 9-1-1 for assistance and evacuated the house. One person at the scene said there was at least one woman inside when the fire started.
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Two hose lines were used to help put out the fire, which was contained to the basement. “We had a 10-minute knockdown,” Shelton Fire Chief Fran Jones said at the scene, referring to how long it took to put out the blaze.

No occupants or firefighters were hurt.

Multiple fire trucks and a few dozen firefighters were at the scene. They had to contend with snowy conditions and a steep, narrow driveway off Old Stratford Road that led to the house.

The yard also is heavily wooded, with virtually no lawn area, limiting access to the structure.

Firefighters set up a base on the street, where fire trucks were parked, and carried hoses and other equipment up the driveway.

For an extended period, a section of Old Stratford Road between the Route 8 highway and Armstrong Road was closed off. Motorists were diverted around the area during this period.

Responding were members of the Echo Hose, Huntington and Pine Rock Park volunteer fire companies. A Stratford fire company also was called for assistance. The location is very close to the Stratford border.

Old Stratford Road is off Bridgeport Avenue, and is where Exit 12 of the Route 8 highway is located. Old Stratford Road turns into Warner Hill Road in Stratford.