Shelton Man Injured In Garage Fire

ethan fry photo A Shelton man was taken to the hospital after being burned when a detached garage went up in flames Thursday night.

The fire started about 8:45 p.m. in the garage at 26 Edgewood Ave.

Shelton Fire Department Chief Fran Jones said 911 callers reported hearing explosions as the fire began.

When firefighters arrived they found the one-car garage engulfed in flames and a man in his 20s suffering from burns.

The man, who was a resident of the address, was initially treated by firefighters before being taken to Bridgeport Hospital, Jones said.

He said he could not comment on the man’s specific injuries or condition when he was transported to the hospital, referring a reporter to Echo Hose Ambulance. The Valley Indy emailed the ambulance corps’ chief Friday morning.

The first firefighters to arrive were able to knock down the fire, which was out within about 15 minutes, Jones said.

Edgewood Avenue is a narrow, up-hill dead-end street off Howe Avenue.

“It was tight quarters for fire apparatus, but we did have a fire hydrant down at Howe Avenue at Edgewood,” Jones said.

About 35 firefighters from Echo Hose Co. 1 and Pine Rock Park Co. 4 responded, while firefighters from White Hills Co. 5 were on standby during the fire.

Fire Marshal James Tortora is investigating the blaze’s origin.

He said Friday that the fire seemed accidental, but that he could not yet make that ruling conclusively yet.

The fire marshal is also investigating what caused the explosions reported by 911 callers.

Tortora said the injured man is a landscaper and there were gas cans inside the garage.

“We don’t know exactly what (he) was doing inside the garage,” Tortora said.


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