There was an early morning fire in downtown Bethel. The fire broke out around 1am in a building in the 100 block of Greenwood Avenue, across from Bethel Library. Greenwood has reopened, but emergency responders are asking people to drive with caution through the area, and avoid it if possible. Depot Place remains closed.
(Photo: Stony Hill Fire)
At least one resident and two firefighters were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The resident is reportedly in the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital. Eight families have been displaced. The Red Cross is helping 10 adults and five children.
It took about three hours to knock down the fire. Mutual aid was provided by Stony Hill, Hawleyville, West Redding, Candlewood Company, Danbury, New Milford and others.
The Bethel Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.
(Photo: Redding Fire & EMS)
Some of the businesses sustained water damage, several apartments were damaged by smoke. The retail on the ground floor include an antiques store and a dance studio.