Issue 10 and Volume 94.

MIDDLETOWN BUSINESS AREA TREATENED BY SEVERE FIRE Fire which Started in Restaurant Spread to Nine Buildings and Resulted in Injuries to Four Firemen NINE buildings housing fourteen business establishments and apartments in the heart of the business district at Middletown, Conn., were gutted by a general alarm fire on August 29. Four firemen, including Fire Chief Michael W. Lawton of the Middletown Fire Department, were injured during the height of the blaze which for a time threatened to sweep the entire center of the city. It was the W’orst fire in the history of the city and the loss was estimated bv Fire Chief Lawton to be over $500,000. The blaze, which started about 8:45 P.M. when a spilled pan of grease flared up in the restaurant occupied by John H. Bransfield on Court Street, raged through the night and it was not until (i A M. the following morning…

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