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  • Writer's pictureLawrence Lore

Fire! Fire! Fire!

With a water works system practically completed, but the pressure not as yet turned on, a fire broke out in the business section of Bridgeport about 2 o'clock on Friday the 13th June 1913 that burned fiercely for five hours and wiped out two entire blocks of the city's best business buildings, doing damage, roughly estimated at over a half milion dollars. The fire was the worst in the history of Bridgeport.

To show the importance of water, or rather the lack of water, LCHS made a video in 2017 about the Friday the 13th fire using our collection of photographs. Click here to see this 6-minute video.

Since then several postcards of the fire have been donated, some that we had never seen before.

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