WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The Waterbury Fire Chief confirmed Tuesday the cause of the fire that ripped through the Center for Human Development Waterbury Hospitality Center Friday was due to electrical issues.
According to the chief, the wires had degraded over time.
The fire broke out Friday on East Main Street in a building that houses the Waterbury Hospitality Center. Fire crews believe no one was in the building at the time.
Officials report the top two floors of the building were not being used. However, the bottom floor — where most of the damage is — was where those in-need could come in a get a shower, some food, and help to get back on their feet.
Carrie Hewitt said she was saddened by the fire because the center is where she got her life back on track.
“It’s sad ’cause I know a lot of people…I worked CHD, who owns the building, and it hits home,” Hewitt said, holding back tears.
Hewitt said the center helped her get an apartment and a job.
Despite the loss, she said she’s thankful no one was there when the fire started. That’s because the center is not an overnight shelter.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
In a statement released by Center for Human Development Hospitality Center, they said they are thankful that no one was inside at the time of the fire and that fire crews were able to put out the fire without loss-of-life:
“CHD’s Hospitality Center was severely damaged by the fire this evening. As a day facility, the Center was not occupied at the time of the fire. We are thankful for the efforts of the Waterbury firefighters and we are thankful that no injuries are being reported at this time.
Our focus now is on transition of the critical services we provide to the homeless community. As of tomorrow, our services will move to our site at 965 South Main St. in Waterbury. We are immediately beginning work on a longer-term plan to ensure that the Center can continue to serve those who need it.”– CHD Hospitality Center