A massive fire in Shelton late Sunday evening destroyed a building and injured five people while leaving 28 others homeless. The Shelton Fire Department was dispatched to battle the flames and rescue residents.
“It was a mass evacuation rescue from the get-go,” said Shelton Fire Department Assistant Chief Nick Verdicchio. The four-story blaze required several crews to extinguish, though approximately 30 minutes into the effort the building collapsed. Crews from Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Monroe, Milford, Seymour and Stratford worked together throughout the night to dampen the flames. Firefighters were battling two frozen fire hydrants in addition to the blaze, which delayed their efforts considerably. At approximately 5 a.m., fire crews finally extinguished the blaze by shutting off a gas line which had been obscured by the smoke and underneath the rubble caused by the fire.
Five people were transported to local hospitals to treat injuries, though none of them were reported as life-threatening. Another 28 individuals were left homeless after the 125-year-old building was destroyed. The Red Cross is reportedly offering assistance to these people who were left without shelter, clothing and food after the blaze.
“Someone grabbed me and dragged me out to where the back door was,” said third-floor resident John Quick. “Someone held me up and I got in the ambulance.”
The building itself was 125 years old with apartments on the upper stories and businesses on the ground level units. Resident Adam Barbera said of the fire, “You just woke up and there was a cloud of smoke, and within 10 minutes it was just more and more.”
The cause of the fire is yet unknown, though investigators determined that it began in the building’s basement at approximately 11:10 p.m. Sunday night. Monday afternoon, Howe Avenue was closed between Center Street and White Street.
As the holiday season draws near, the excitement of Rockefeller Plaza’s Christmas tree selection has heightened.
Today, the residents of the Connecticut town of Shelton beamed with pride as one of their massive trees was chosen for the prestigious honor of Rockefeller Christmas tree for the sixth year in a row.
The 76-foot Norway spruce was transported from Shelton to New York City via tractor-trailer on a trip 70 miles long. Shelton’s mayor Mark Lauretti noted that the honor of having their tree selected for display was tremendous.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers would like to congratulate Shelton on their repeat performance as providers of America’s most famous Christmas tree once again.
After a voluntary separation program eliminated 575 Pratt and Whitney workers last month, the technology giant is cutting an additional 400 salaried positions, half of which will be from their Connecticut offices. These cuts are effective immediately and will impact mostly administrative positions within the company.
Pratt & Whitney spokesman Ray Hernandez gave a statement noting that the job cuts were difficult to make but, “necessary to remain competitive.”
The aircraft company is offering severance pay to the employees who were laid-off and claims the group insurance will continue. Pratt & Whitney’s parent company UTC (United Technologies Company) was listed by Fortune Magazine as the second largest in the state of Connecticut, and today 200 residents are without employment.
At the time of the report, no further details were available although the company plans to release more information in the coming days.
If you’re headed into the city from the South bound lanes, the latest traffic shift will move drivers toward the new lanes of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. Transportation officials are even warning drivers of serious delays in next weekend’s plans to shift southbound traffic to the new Pearl Harbor/Q Bridge.
Along with the detour drivers will have to deal with lane closures. During the day only two lanes will be open and one at night. Ramp closures will also occur.
Although electronic signs will warn drivers of the detour and lane closures, it is important that all motorists stay alert of shifts in traffic. It is estimated that in the last five years more than 200,000 persons have been injured in construction zone accidents.
In Connecticut specifically, approximately 124 accidents involved construction vehicles in 2008 and more than 13% of all accident collisions occurred on the interstate.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction zone accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical, expenses and more. Contact our knowledgeable New Haven attorneys today to find out more about your legal rights.
Fall has finally arrived, the air is crisp, and the leaves are changing colors! While we are enjoying the New England autumn, now is the time to prepare your home for the winter months. Follow the tips below to ease into the winter season:
- Make sure to service your oil burner every year.
- Remove air conditioner window units or covers.
- As far as the outdoor plumbing goes, turn off outside faucets from the inside and drain, leaving the outside handle open.
- Check the chimney draft by opening the damper and testing with a lit piece of newspaper held up into the chimney. Have a professional clean and inspect the chimney even if you don’t frequently use it.
- Put up storm windows.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Clear any leaves out of the gutter.
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Following these safety tips will keep you and your family safe during the winter.