U.S. Rep. DeLauro to get look at Shelton fire damage today

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will tour fire-damaged downtown Shelton on Tuesday morning.

DeLauro, whose district includes part of the downtown area, will get a firsthand look at the damage done by the massive early morning fire on Monday that destroyed a city block.

DeLauro and Bernie Sweeney, Connecticut director of the federal Small Business Administration (SBA), also plan to meet with city officials and impacted business owners.

The SBA often makes loans available to businesses impacted by emergency situations, such as fires and natural disasters.

The Jan. 6 fire destroyed structures on Howe Avenue between Center Street and Bridge Street/Viaduct Square, on the Coram Avenue side. One large building totally collapsed. The block houses first-floor retail businesses, some offices and a few dozen upper-floor apartments.

No one was seriously injured in the blaze but many people had to be rescued by firefighters, according to officials.

DeLauro is a 12-term Democrat from New Haven who represents the Third Congressional District. Shelton is split between two congressional districts, with much of the city being in the Fourth District, represented by three-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.