FIRE SITE PHOTOS: Building basement now can be seen

Fire investigators continued to look through charred debris at the downtown Shelton fire site into late Friday afternoon. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Investigators are looking for clues into the cause and origin of the Jan. 6 fire that displaced almost 30 people and more than a half-dozen businesses.

Their work is beginning to make a noticeable dent in the large pile of debris on the Howe Avenue property, where a four-story building collapsed.

It is now possible to see into parts of the building’s basement, with its walls made of stone, although in some other areas of the building’s footprint the debris still is stacked well off the ground. The building dates back to the 1800s.

After the structural remnants are inspected by fire officials, they are being trucked off-site for proper disposal.

The fire destroyed much of a city block on Howe Avenue between Center Street and Bridge Street/Viaduct Square. Firefighters had to rescue some upper-floor residents with tower ladders.

Five apartment residents were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at hospitals and no firefighters were hurt battling the blaze.