Fire of Suspicious Origin Wrecks Bridgeport Plant
A spectacular two-alarm fire, believed to be of incendiary origin swept three brick vacant buildings formerly occupied by the Bridgeport Hardware Manufacturing Corporation at Bridgeport, Conn., on Sept. 8. According to firemen it was the sixth fire of suspicious origin in the South End section of that city within 10 days.
The buildings, located between Admiral and Washburn Streets, are on the route of the Connecticut Turnpike. They were vacated by the firm some time ago after they had been sold to the State Highway Department for approximately $1 million.
Fire Chief Sylvester E. Jennings, who directed fire fighters at the scene, said the fire “definitely was set.” Fire already had full possession of the structure when fire apparatus arrived at the scene in response to an alarm from Box 145, Iranistan and Railroad Avenues, at 1:50 A.M. A second alarm was sent in five minutes later bringing several additional companies to the scene.
Two firemen were injured slightly during the fire, and several others escaped death when the third floor wall of one of the buildings collapsed and toppled into Iranistan Avenue, damaging overhead power and telephone lines.
Flames also threatened to spread to the yards of the West End Lumber Company, The Ready Tool Company, The Connecticut Tool and Engineering Company, the Millmore Restaurant, Cities Service station, and the Bassick Company plant No. 4, all located nearby. Recall was sounded at 3:55 A.M.