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Power restoration following crash believed to have ignited Naugatuck house fire

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A crash on Route 68 in Naugatuck is connected to an overnight house fire, police say. (WFSB) A crash on Route 68 in Naugatuck is connected to an overnight house fire, police say. (WFSB)
A portion of Route 68 in Naugatuck is closed on Thursday while crews repair utility poles that were taken out in a crash on Wednesday. (WFSB) A portion of Route 68 in Naugatuck is closed on Thursday while crews repair utility poles that were taken out in a crash on Wednesday. (WFSB)
NAUGATUCK, CT (WFSB) -

An early morning fire is under investigation in Naugatuck on Thursday and officials believe a crash from Wednesday is connected.

According to police and fire officials, it started after Eversource crews re-energized several homes on Prospect Street following the crash, which took out a utility pole. 

While crews were working around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, a resident noticed smoke coming from 419 Prospect St. People in the home were evacuated and suffered minor smoke inhalation, police said.

"I normally go to work at 3 a.m. but [Thursday] morning there was so much activity," said Robert Sears of Naugatuck. "They had the road blocked off at the light and they were all up here at that time, so I knew that something more took place."

Three people were home at the time, including two adults and a child.

According to firefighters, a mother had stayed in the home during the evacuation because she thought her daughter was still in the house; however, the daughter had escaped with the father.

The mother had to be helped out of the house, according to firefighters.

Emergency crews and Eversource workers remained on the scene well into the late morning hours of Thursday.

They said they determined that the fire started in the home's electrical system once power was restored. The exact cause remains under investigation.

The damage was confined to one corner of the house. Firefighters described it as mostly exterior damage. A first floor kitchen and a bathroom were affected.

Fire crews from Beacon Falls, Prospect and Waterbury helped.

The American Red Cross is helping the family.

Drivers are urged to use alternate routes. Route 68 remains closed from Union City Road to Locust Street. Police said they expected it to remain that way through the morning commute.

No major injuries were reported in the collision; however, numerous power outages resulted as well as the fire during the night. 

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