Shelton trash facility survives fire, should reopen in future

The large warehouse-type building on Oliver Terrace in Shelton that was the site of a major fire Tuesday night will be put into re-use as soon as possible.

“We’ll be back in business,” Bill Brennan, vice president of transfer and recycling for Winter Bros. Waste Systems CT, the building’s owner, said on Wednesday morning. “We have to re-skin the building and replace some panels.”

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Massive firefighter response on Tuesday

Demolition and construction debris stored inside the transfer/sorting facility caught on fire Tuesday about 5 p.m., leading to a massive response by firefighters.

John C. Becker, an engineer with Lynbrook, N.Y.-based Becker Engineering, was finishing an inspection of the structure on late Wednesday morning. “It’s stable and it’s safe,” Becker said of the pre-engineered steel building placed on top of a concrete foundation.

The building is at 46 Oliver Terrace, which is off Platt Road near Bridgeport Avenue. Oliver Terrace is home to various industrial-type uses.

Praises efforts of firefighters

Brennan said he was grateful for the job done by local firefighters, with three of Shelton’s volunteer fire companies responding as well as Derby.

Up to 60 firefighters from Echo Hose, Huntington and Pine Rock Park were on scene, with White Hills handling citywide coverage and Ansonia providing mutual aid.

“The response from firefighters was truly amazing,” Brennan said. “The professionalism shown by those volunteer departments was just incredible. It saved the building — and with it, 15 to 20 jobs.”

Four firefighters were treated for minor injuries at the scene while battling the blaze.

One possible cause: Spontaneous combustion

Brennan said officials have told him that the fire may have started by spontaneous combustion. “It’s been very dry,” he said.

The damaged building is used to pull out metals and wood items from construction and demolition materials.

The separated items then are moved to the nearby $15 million single-stream recycling center recently opened by Winter Bros.