Fire Razes School

Issue 4 and Volume 104.

Fire Razes School A three-alarm fire, one of the most spectacular in many years at Middletown, Conn., ruined the Central Grammar School on January 11, causing damage estimated at $500,000 by Fire Chief Franklyn Dunn. Chief Dunn said the fire, which was fought for six hours, started in a waste paper chute on the first floor of the main section, and mushroomed into the attic. Damage was confined to the three story structure, which is located on College Street, near Wesleyan University. The fire broke out shortly after 1 a.m., and at its height was fought by three Middletown fire companies, augmented by a detail from the State Hospital at Middletown, two companies from Portland, located across the Connecticut River, and several Wesleyan students, who joined the firefighting forces. The Central Grammar School was erected in 1941, but two additions had been made since that year.

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