Historic Naugatuck building damaged in fire

Firefighters on the scene of a fire at the historic Tuttle Building on Rubber Avenue (WTNH / Jacquie Slater)

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH)– Firefighters are investigating what may have caused a fire at a historic building in Naugatuck on Wednesday afternoon.

Just after 1:30 p.m. a News 8 viewer reached out via Report-It to say that the Tuttle building, located at 497 Rubber Avenue, had caught on fire. The fire was contained to the third floor, but smoke and water damage effected lower floors.

Firefighters with both the Naugatuck and Waterbury Fire Departments responded to the scene.

“They started with an interior attack and after they came to the outside and used the scaffolding that was in place and we were able to utilize that,” said Naugatuck Fire Chief Ellen Murray.

There were no injuries in the fire.

The site is currently vacant for renovations that plan to convert the building into a historical society museum.

“Fortunately we did not have any of our artifacts in the building but the downside of it, the building is one of our artifacts,” said Ken Hanks, President of the Naugatuck Historical Society.

The museum was originally projected to move in this July, however today’s fire has postponed this date for an additional year.

“It’s a very historical building in Naugatuck and we were hoping to preserve it and we’re still planning on doing that,” said Hanks.

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