Luddington Machine Company Burned Out at Waterbury
The accompanying cut, contributed by D. J. Lahey, shows an outside view of the ruins of the Luddington Machine Company, following a recent fire at its plant in Printers’ Court, Waterbury, Conn., in which valuable machinery to the amount of about $50,000 was destroyed. The fire in question started on the fourth floor of a five-story brick building, the lower floor of the said structure being occupied by the Waterbury Republican, a morning newspaper. It had evidently been smouldering for some time, for employees of the newspaper afterwards stated that they had smelled smoke for at least an hour before the fire was discovered. When the fire was actually observed flames were shooting out of the windows of the two upper floors, where the greater amount of the machinery had been stored. Two alarms were turned in, first a still, followed by a bell. Ten streams were turned into the building, while five pumpers worked for a period of several hours. While Waterbury has the reputation of having an excellent water pressure, Chief Heitman decided to take no chances and installed five pumpers at work as soon as they arrived.