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At least 5 injured in Shelton apartment fire

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published January 06. 2014 11:00AM   Updated January 06. 2014 11:09AM

Shelton (AP) - A fire caused a four-story apartment building to partially collapse and forced firefighters to rescue a large number of people, including at least five who were taken to hospitals. Nearly 30 people were displaced from their homes.

Firefighters were called to the building in downtown Shelton at about 12:30 a.m. Monday. Authorities believe everyone got out before the top floors collapsed into the middle of the century-old building, which housed restaurants and other businesses on the first floor and apartments on the upper floors.

The names and conditions of the people brought to hospitals weren't released.

"It's not a good feeling at all when we got here," Assistant Fire Chief Nick Verdicchio said. "We had heavy fire showing from the back of the building. It started to come out the front. ... So we just did a full-court press trying to get these people out of here and within a half hour we had a major collapse."

Firefighters had to bring water to the scene in tanker trucks because of frozen hydrants and an earlier water main break. A fire truck was damaged when a sign fell on it during the building collapse.

Authorities believe the fire started in the basement. Fire marshals will be investigating the cause of the fire.

Firefighters remained on the scene late Monday morning dousing hot spots.

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