Car crash into utility pole causes fire at Naugatuck pizza restaurant

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A car crash into a utility pole caused a fire at a Naugatuck pizza restaurant early Saturday morning.

Police say that just after 2 a.m., a Toyota Scion driven by 27-year-old Timothy Chapman, was traveling southbound on Cherry Street when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and hit a guide wire then utility pole. 

As a result of the crash and the damage to the utility pole, a fire broke out at Mario’s Pizza at 123 Cherry Street. 

The crash and fire then resulted in the closure of the road, the evacuation of surrounding buildings and a power outage in the area. 

Utility crews were on scene working to repair the pole and restore power. 

Chapman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries but no one else was injured. 

The cause of the collision remains under investigation. 

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