Bridgeport, CT Fires, Sept 1892



BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Sept. 24.----There is a reign of terror existing among the people living in the suburbs of this city, and especially among those who own barns and unoccupied dwelling houses and buildings. The fires started with the burning of two unoccupied dwelling houses in East Bridgeport a short time ago. While the firemen were at work at one fire, another started less than a block away.

Wednesday night the barn of Seth B. Squires, on Norman Street, in a thickly-inhabited part of the city, was burned to the ground. It was the work of an incendiary. The fire bell had just sounded that the fire was under control when a barn belonging to Benham Brothers, about half a mile from the first fire, was found in flames. It was totally destroyed, the loss being $1,000.

Thursday night a fire was started, the origin of which has never been explained, and it is not unlikely that it was the work of an incendiary. It was in the cellar of the New-Milford Dairy in this city. If the fire had succeeded in getting beyond the control of the firemen a whole block of wooden buildings would have been swept away.

During the early hours of this morning the work of the incendiary again showed its hand. About 4 o'clock the barn of George W. Hayes, in the northern part of the city, was burned to the ground. The loss was $1.500. A horse belonging to Mr. Hayes was taken from the barn. The incendiaries drove to the residence of Mrs. Moll on Lincoln Avenue, and applied the torch to her barn. The building, with twenty tons of hay, was burned, and eleven cows perished in the flames. The horse was afterward found hitched to a telegraph pole.

Special efforts are being made to capture the incendiaries.

The New York Times, New York, NY 25 Sept 1892