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Second Emergency Brings Firefigthers Back to Shelton Latex Factory

The initial fire broke out Thursday in the factory's basement, and smoke was reported again Monday morning.

A fire broke out Thursday in the basement of a Shelton latex factory. (Courtesy of Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1 page on Facebook)
A fire broke out Thursday in the basement of a Shelton latex factory. (Courtesy of Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1 page on Facebook)
A call to fire crews Monday may have seemed familiar to emergency personnel, who responded to the second call in less than a week from the The Latex Foam International factory.

A fire broke out in the factory's basement around 1 a.m. Thursday, and fire crews responded again around 10 a.m. Monday to reports of basement smoke, according to SF Gate and the Shelton Herald.

The factory, at 510 River Road, makes latex mattress and pillows, and Thursday's initial fire is believed to have started around the industrial mattress-drying machines in the basement.

Fire Marshal James Tortora told the Shelton Herald that high-powered fans were used over the weekend to dry out the area, and the drying machine's doors were open. "This led to smoldering of remnants from last Thursday's fire," The Shelton Herald reported.

Read more from The Shelton Herald about Monday's fire, and catch up on Thursday's incident from SF Gate.




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