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Thursday, June 26, 2014

4 firefighters injured in Shelton factory fire


Firefighters battled a blaze Thursday morning at the Latex International Foam Factory in Shelton. Photo courtesy of Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1.


SHELTON >> Four firefighters were injured fighting a large fire at the Latex International Foam factory early Thursday morning.
One firefighter suffered a broken arm and was transported to the hospital and three suffered from heat and exhaustion, but were treated on scene, Assistant Fire Chief Nick Verdicchio said in a phone interview shortly after sunrise.
Crews and the fire marshal were still on the scene early Thursday morning.

Several streets around the scene of the fire, including a lengthy stretch of River Road, were closed early Thursday morning but have now been reopened. Drivers should still be careful on Route 8 this morning because the fire could cause some delays on the roads off of Exits 13 and 14.

Verdicchio said firefighters were dispatched to the factory at 510 River Road around 1 a.m. after employees reported smoke in the basement area. The first arriving unit saw heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building.
A heavy fire was found to have originated in the dryers, which are roughly three-quarters of the building, he said. Firefighters began to battle the fire, but it quickly broke through the ventilation system and into the duct work throughout the building.
Crews then pulled out of the building and fought the fire from the exterior of the building.
Once the fire was extinguished on the outside of the building, firefighters returned to the interior of the building and extinguished the rest of the fire, Verdicchio said. It was extinguished a few hours after the initial call, he said.
The building is intact, but sustained extensive water damage. There were no other injuries, he said.

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