Crash Causes Road Closure, Outages and Naugatuck House Fire

A driver who took a turn too fast hit a utility pole in Naugatuck Wednesday night, setting off a chain of events that included the closure of Route 68, power outages and a house fire early Thursday morning, according to officials.

The driver hit a utility pole on Route 68, or Prospect Street, Wednesday afternoon, causing several power outages and a road closure between Union City Road and Locust Street.

As utility crews were attempting to re-energize homes that had lost power early Thursday morning, a fire broke out at one of the homes affected. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from the back of the home.

A woman who lives in the home was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Two other people, including a child, were not injured.

Emergency and utility crews remain at the scene and police are urging drivers to take alternate routes and avoid the area if possible.

The cause of the fire is not known.  A spokesperson for Eversource said the utility company is working with the Naugatuck Fire Department to determine what started the fire.

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