SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Shelton firefighters were on the scene of a structure fire at 475 Howe Avenue early Monday morning.
According to the Shelton Fire Department, the call came in around 3:40 a.m. that a fire alarm was sounding in the building. While crews were responding, dispatch said the alarm company was receiving alerts from multiple detectors in the building.
When crews arrived they saw visible smoke coming from the front of the building, specifically Shelton Wines and Liquor.
When crews entered the building, they found the largest volume of fire was in the basement, but several pockets of fire were located. According to Shelton FD, the fire was contained within 40 minutes.
Assistant Chief Joe Constantino (SFD) said, “the fire was located in the rear and it’s under construction so that made it a little difficult to find the seat of the fire.”
Extensive smoke damage was reported to the 1st floor of Shelton Wine and Liquor as well as Liberty Taxes, and significant fire damage occurred in the basement of the businesses. Minor smoke damage was reported to the spaces on the 2nd floor.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital to be check out. A few people who live on the third floor of the building will probably have to find another place to stay for now.
About 70 firefighters from Shelton, Derby, and Ansonia (for a ladder truck) were called to the scene.