Conn. Firefighter Burned in House Fire

SHELTON, Conn. --

A Shelton firefighter was taken to an area hospital Saturday afternoon after battling a blaze at a home on Maltby Street, according to a spokesman for the Shelton Fire Department.

The spokesman said the firefighter was treated and released from the hospital and is home recovering with minor burns to one of his ears.

The fire started at 115 Maltby St. shortly after 4:15 p.m. Assistant Chief Nick Verdicchio said it appeared to have originated on the third floor back deck of the three-family home, and then flames spread to the attic of the house.

Two families who were in the house at the time, on the first and third floors, got out safely, according to Verdicchio.

He said crews fought the fire for about 20 minutes before getting it under control. The Derby and Monroe Fire Departments assisted Shelton with mutual aid.

The Shelton Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

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