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Officials, Residents Thank Firefighters

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, local non-profit officials and officials from the state district of the U.S. Small Business Administration vowed to help everyone affected by Monday's fire in Downtown Shelton.

At left, Michelle Bialek, co-owner of "Liquid Lunch," which was still standing after the fire. Center, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.
At left, Michelle Bialek, co-owner of "Liquid Lunch," which was still standing after the fire. Center, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.
In addition to the donations pouring in for the victims of the Downtown Shelton fire early Monday, the Echo Hose firehouse on Coram Avenue was filled with thanks to firefighters and promises of support for victims.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and a member of U.S. Rep. Jim Himes' staff joined local non-profit officials and the Connecticut district of the U.S. Small Business Administration to talk to owners of the damaged or destroyed Downtown businesses.

The cause of the fire  has not been determined yet and hot spots in the rubble are still being extinguished.

"Thank you to the Echo Hose Fire Department. This is a miraculous place. Thank God for the firefighters," DeLauro said.

"That pile of clothing is a testament to the good will of the people of this community. You are not alone. There are people who want to make a difference in your lives," she added.

Fire Chief Francis "Fran" Jones accepted the thanks on behalf of the fire department.

"We're very thankful that we were able to assist people out safely," he said. 

The officials' goal was to "see how quickly we can get people back on their feet."

According to Bernard Sweeney, SBA's Connecticut District director, the city is in rescue mode right now. But his office vowed to sit down with business owners and find answers for their problems.

"We'll stand by you and we'll help you," he said. "I can't guarantee instant results but these things take time."

Elaine and Ralph Matto, who own the building, called the firefighters "totally heroic."

Michelle Bialek, whose business, "Liquid Lunch," was damaged in the fire, was on hand assisting as the donations came in and comforting the displaced and other business owners.

"We are so appreciative. We can look at our stuff. These people don't have anything to look at," she said. 

Mayor Mark A. Lauretti praised Shelton's residents, saying they always help out in a crisis. 

Donations are being accepted at the fire house on Coram Avenue.

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