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Part of old Shelton building collapses in Housatonic

May 29, 2018 GMT

SHELTON - Part of a 19th-century building collapsed in the Housatonic River on Tuesday.

No injuries were reported after a storage garage attached to the rear of the factory building fell, spilling its contents into the river.

Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said police and the fire department were dispatched to 281 Canal St. on a report of a partial building collapse.

“A section of the rear of the building collapsed and fell into the river. Nobody was inside the building at the time of the collapse,” he said.

Asst. Fire Chief Paul Wilson said once it was determined no one was inside, crews tied off the area of the river to keep the debris from floating away. He said containers containing gas and motor oil fell into the river, and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was en route to assess the situation.

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The Fire Marshal and the Shelton Building Inspector arrived on scene and are evaluating the building.

The cinder block addition with a tin roof is behind Abacore Electric at 281 Canal Street, which is near the river’s historic locks.