Borough firefighters swiftly extinguish Prospect Street fire


Naugatuck firefighters work a structure fire on Prospect Street early Saturday afternoon. No one was injured in the fire at the two-family home, fire officials said. –RA ARCHIVE

NAUGATUCK — Firefighters quickly put out a fire in the first-floor bedroom of a two-family home on Prospect Street early Saturday afternoon.

No one was injured in the fire, Fire Chief Kenneth Hanks said. At least four people were inside the building at the time of the fire, but all escaped without harm, he said.

The call came in at 12:25 p.m. at 504 Prospect Street.

A single woman, who wasn’t named, lives on the first floor, and her son was there helping her move out, Hanks said. He said the owners of the building, a husband and wife who weren’t identified, were upstairs.

The son alerted the owners of the fire and called 911, Hanks said.

Firefighters knocked down the fire within a couple of minutes, he said. Hanks said there wasn’t a lot of contents in the bedroom as the woman was in the process of moving out.

Fire damage was contained to the first-floor bedroom, with smoke and heat damage throughout the rest of that floor, he said.

There was no heat or fire damage to the second floor, but possibly some smoke damage, Hanks said.

The cause was still being investigated later Saturday, Hanks said.

The first-floor tenant will be displaced as that floor has been determined uninhabitable, he said. Hanks wasn’t sure about the second floor at this time, he said.

Prospect firefighters provided backup, Hanks said. Emergency personnel also were on scene.

A short stretch of Route 68 was closed during the fire. Light smoke could be seen billowing from the first-floor bedroom window. Police detoured traffic off Prospect Street onto Union City Road by the Naugatuck Industrial Park.