Six people, including 4 police officers, hospitalized after Shelton fire

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SHELTON — Six people — including four police officers — were hospitalized early Wednesday after a fire at a High Street home.

Shelton Fire Chief Francis T. Jones III credited the officers for rescuing one of the home’s occupants, a 91-year-old man, from the blaze that started about 2 a.m. at the 74 High St. residence. Deputy Chief Paul Wilson said Jones and Assistant Fire Chief Shaun Wheeler saved the second occupant, an elderly woman who was bedridden.

“A tremendous job was done by Shelton police, fire and EMS in performing a successful rescue of the occupants this morning,” Jones said.

The two residents were transported to Bridgeport Hospital by Echo Hose Ambulance and Derby Storms Ambulance. Wilson said the elderly woman was in serious condition at the time of transport.

Shelton Police Lt. Thomas Lindberg and officers David Eldridge, Philip Norris and Caroline Moretti were transported to Griffin Hospital in Derby for minor injuries from smoke inhalation.

“The officers did a great job in evacuating the home and assisting the occupants out of the house,” police Chief Shawn Sequeira said. “They should be commended for their actions.”

Wilson said Jones entered the residence with a 2 1/2-gallon water pressurized fire extinguisher, confirmed the woman was unconscious in the bedroom and proceeded to “knock down the bulk of the fire.” At that point, Wilson said, he called out for assistance in rescuing the woman, and Wheeler entered to assist in carrying her to the ambulance.

“This was a tremendous job by Fran (Jones), Shaun (Wheeler), police, fire — everyone,” Wilson said.

Jones said the fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire at a residential home at 74 High St. at 2:19 a.m.

According to Jones, a police patrol unit happened to be in the in the immediate neighborhood and confirmed a fire with people still inside.

“Three police officers rescued one occupant from the front hallway of the home,” Jones said, “and members of the Shelton Fire Department conducted search and rescue and immediately found an additional occupant unresponsive in a first-floor bedroom.”

Thirty firefighters from the Echo Hose, White Hills and Pine Rock companies worked the fire.

Jones said the fire was contained to the room of origin. The cause remains under investigation.