Massive fire destroys downtown block in Shelton

A massive fire appears to have destroyed a key block in downtown Shelton on the morning of Monday, Jan. 6. (Photo by Brad Durrell)

The impacted block is on Howe Avenue between Center Street and Bridge Street/Viaduct Square, on the Coram Avenue side. It includes such businesses as Liquid Lunch and Howe Convenient.

Structures include first-floor businesses as well as offices and residences on upper floors.

The smell of smoke is filling the entire downtown area.

Fire started in middle of night

The fire started at slightly before 1 a.m., and as of 8:45 a.m. firefighters were still at the scene fighting the blaze although it appears most of the fire had been extinguished by that time.

Firefighters are using a hose from on top of a huge crane — perhaps 35 feet in the air — to put out the fire.

Many dozens of firefighters from various fire companies were there.

Some injuries reported

Officials at the scene said a few people were injured by the blaze, although indications were none of them were extremely serious.

Many of the city’s top officials were at the fire scene, including Mayor Mark Lauretti, Fire Chief Fran Jones and Police Chief Joel Hurliman.

Howe Avenue and Bridgeport Street are both closed in the vicinity, so travel through downtown Shelton can be complicated. For instance, vehicles could not cross the Derby-Shelton Bridge as of 9 a.m.