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Birmingham, CT Fire, Jan 1879

A fire in Birmingham, Conn., early on Sunday morning, destroyed a brick block on Main street, occupied by several firms; the residence of Frederick Hall, and the building of Henry Somers, occupied by several parties, and Odd Fellows' Hall. Two other buildings were badly damaged. The loss is estimated at upwards of $100,000.

Daily State Gazette, Trenton, NJ 14 Jan 1879


Losses by Fire.

A terrible fire raged at Birmingham, Conn., Saturday night. It originated in the clothing store of Hertz & Co., in a brick block on the main business street, owned by Frederick Hall. The building was destroyed. Hertz & Co.'s loss is $11,000; insured for $9,000. Joseph Young who occupied the second floor, loses $1,500; no insurance. The fire spread to and destroyed the resident of Frederick Hall and the building of Henry Somers. The {illegible} loss is $15,000; insurance $6,500. The first floor of Somers' building was occupied by J. H. Brewster, dry goods, loss $25,000, insurance $5,200; second floor, school and millinery rooms, loss unknown; third door, Odd-Fellows, Masons and Knights of Pythias bells, losers, including a valuable library, records, &c., heavy. A number of other buildings were badly damaged. Hall's entire loss on buildings is $65,000; insurance $10,000. Among the buildings partly destroyed was the Globe Building, occupied by several firms in the first and families on the upper floors, loss $10,000; mostly insured.

The Sun, Baltimore, MD 13 Jan 1879



Its ancient records with many Masonic valuables were destroyed in the great fire at Birmingham Jan. 12, 1879.

The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880, page 381


Ousatonic Lodge, No. 6, I.O.O.F. .......

In the great fire of Jan. 12, 1879, everything in the lodge room appertaining to the order was destroyed, including a select library of 600 volumes.


This institution has been established some time but the fire of Jan. 12, 1879, destroyed all its effects.

The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880, page 383

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