Shelton Police arrest volunteer fireman for arson

Shelton Police arrested a volunteer fireman for his alleged connection to a fire started outside of the Echo Hose Fire company located on Coram Avenue.

On March 1 the Shelton Detective Bureau arrested William Tortora, 57, of Shelton in connection with a fire that occurred on Feb. 3, 2018.

Tortora was charged with second degree arson, second degree reckless endangerment, and second degree criminal mischief, as well as second degree conspiracy.

Tortora was held on a $250,000 bond and was arraigned in Derby Superior Court March 2.

According to police, Tortora’s arrest stems from a fire that occurred in the rear parking lot of at Echo Hose Company #1 on Feb. 3 during a past captain’s dinner. Lt. Robert Kozlowsky of the Shelton Police said the investigation revealed that the fire was intentionally started in the rear of a pickup truck which was parked behind the firehouse. Detectives investigated the incident by

identifying individuals involved, interviewing several members of the Shelton Fire Department, as well as individuals that were present at the past captain’s dinner that evening.

Another arrest regarding this incident is expected.