Morning blaze displaces Shelton family of four

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Firefighters battle a basement fire at a Sunrise Circle home in Shelton on March 1, 2023.

Firefighters battle a basement fire at a Sunrise Circle home in Shelton on March 1, 2023.

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SHELTON — A family has been displaced after a fire significantly damaged their home on Sunrise Circle Wednesday morning, fire officials said. 

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Wilson said three fire companies were dispatched to a basement fire at the Sunrise Circle home at 5:35 a.m. Wilson said firefighters were alerted that the family — two adults and two children — were able to evacuate the home before crews arrived. 

"Upon arrival of the first fire unit, a working basement fire was confirmed as visible fire was found coming from the lower-level picture window of a raised ranch style home," Wilson said.

The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes, said Wilson, adding that the Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause. 

The American Red Cross is aiding the family's immediate needs. The Red Cross also provided a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup, notification of important contacts, and dealing with damaged items and more. 

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a fire. 

Sixteen firefighters with Engine 32, Ladder 51, Truck 55, Squad 1, Monroe Engine 75 and Car 6 operated under the command of Assistant Chief Bobby Finta. Engine 42 along with an engine from Nichols Fire Department and Derby Fire Department stood by in the event of additional emergencies in Shelton.