SHELTON FIRE: First 9-1-1 call received at 11:36 Sunday night
The first 9-1-1 call to report a fire on the downtown Shelton structures that were destroyed by fire came in at 11:36 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5.
There had been some earlier indications that the first calls for emergency assistance happened at about midnight, or slightly thereafter.
The Shelton Police Department said today that records showed the first 9-1-1 was received at 11:36 at night on Sunday.
Nick Verdicchio, Shelton Fire Department spokesman, also has said the first calls came in at about 11:30 at night on Sunday, but some other emergency personnel initially thought it may have been later than that.
Many firefighters battled blaze
More than 100 firefighters from Shelton’s four volunteer fire companies and from surrounding towns battled the blaze for a few hours, into Monday morning, with many remaining at the scene into the early daylight hours.
Some people had to be rescued through the use of tower ladders. Five people were taken to hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries. No firefighters were injured. One large structure collapsed.
The fire destroyed much of a city block on Howe Avenue between Center Street and Bridge Street/Viaduct Square, on the Coram Avenue side. This included 24 apartments and a half dozen apartments.