Disastrous Fire.

The Second of Its Kind in Ten Years–The Large Car Shop and Supply House Destroyed–Loss About $15,000

Editor’s Note: In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, City of Norwich Fire Chief Tracy Chawgo has shared some of the department’s archives and journals reporting on the earliest recorded fires in the city. Each day this week, we’ll present a selection from those early records.



As reported by The Morning Sun on Monday, March 30, 1903

About 10:30 last evening the big whistle at the Ontario & Western company’s round house began to sound out its sharp warning, usually given in an alarm of fire in that section. No sooner was it sounded than a big flame of fire shot heavenward in the southeast part of the town, and the fire alarm signal and whistle soon called the department to the scene of the conflagration, which was found to be the long car shop in their yard.


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