Just after 9 pm this evening, January 31st, the Shelton Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Howe Avenue for the report of a multi-family apartment building on fire. Upon the arrival of the first fire unit, smoke was visible from the 1st floor of the building. As crews entered the building via the 1st floor, they encountered a moderate smoke condition. As they investigated further, crews observed the smoke coming up through the floor in a closet area. Members quickly deployed a hose line to the basement where they found a fully furnished apartment with heavy fire in the kitchen. The fire was quickly extinguished by members of Engine 2. Additionally, Members were able to locate the occupant’s dog and safely remove him to the outside. Multiple occupants were evacuated from the apartment as the entire building had moderate smoke throughout. Fire crews remained on the scene checking for hotspots for about an hour. The Redcross was notified and is in the process of relocating all occupants affected. As arrangements are being made, a bus was requested and remained on the scene for the occupants to have a warm place to sit. The Fire Marshal is conducting the investigation on the cause of the fire. No injuries occurred to fire or civilian personnel. Units operated under the Command of Assistant Chief Mike Plavcan. Other Units on the scene were Chief of Department (Car 1), Deputy Chief (Car 2), Engine 2, Engine 52, Squad 1, Ladders 47 and 51, Shelton PD, and Shelton EMS.

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