1845: Fire in Middletown, Conn.

“The New Haven Herald of Feb. 7th says:–“We learn by the Register, that on Tuesday evening last between 8 and 10 o’clock, the screw factory and an adjoining store house, owned by Messrs. Lewis Prior & Co., were entirely consumed by fire, together with the machinery and a number of thousand gross of screws ready for market, and a large quantity of stock. The buildings were insured for $3,000 at the Aetna Office, Hartford. There was also an insurance of $3,000 on the machinery and stock, at the Mutual Security Office, in this city, which cover about half of the loss on the latter.”– From The Louisville Daily Courier (Louisville, KY), Feb. 17, 1845.

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