Michelle Salvati was trying to get to the downtown Shelton post office on Monday afternoon, but wasn\u2019t certain if she could reach it on foot \u2014 or if it would even be open if she made her way there. Like many people on Monday, the massive fire on Howe Avenue between Center Street and Bridge Street was impacting her routine. As someone who grew up in Shelton, Salvati said she was emotionally touched by all the damage and destruction caused by the blaze. \u201cThis is terrible,\u201d she said. \u201cI know people who live in that apartment building.\u201d And in the early 1990s, when the old Boys & Girls Club burned down nearby, she also was impacted. \u201cThe last time something like this happened was the Boys & Girls Club, and my kids were in there,\u201d she said. Her children, like the people who lived in the apartments destroyed by the early morning fire on Monday, were able to get out safely. Salvati frequently has patronized some of the businesses impacted by the fire, such as Liquid Lunch and Howe Convenient. \u201cIt\u2019s devastating what has happened to them,\u201d she said. \u201cThose buildings have been there forever.\u201d Displaced families Also on Monday afternoon, Paul and Wendy Hahn of Shelton were walking on Center Street toward Howe Avenue to get a look at the fire\u2019s aftermath. \u201cIt\u2019s very sad,\u201d Paul Hahn said. \u201cWe\u2019re very troubled by all the people displaced \u2014 all the families.\u201d Wendy Hahn said they also were concerned about the small business owners who no longer would have a home for their businesses. The Hahns own the Chocolate Pizza Company on Coram Avenue, just around the corner, which was not directly impacted by the fire. \u2018I saw a lot of good there\u2019 Alderman Jack Finn said firefighters should be recognized for their efforts in saving lives. \u201cI saw a lot of good there,\u201d said Finn, the city\u2019s longest serving alderman, who had been at the scene for many hours. \u201cThese were all volunteers going in, risking their lives, to get people out. And others arrived later to do what they do best. \u201cA lot of people,\u201d he said, \u201cowe gratitude to firefighters from Shelton and other towns for what they did.\u201d Finn was at the scene as a volunteer fire company member, but stressed his comments were being made as an alderman and not as a fire volunteer.