West Hartford History: Where Was This Fire?

Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this photo from the archives of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

If you think you know the answer or have a special memory related to the photo, respond in the "Leave a comment" box below this article. We'll run the answer next Monday, along with a new historical photo. The image has been provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. For more information on the museum's collection and programs, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.

Last week's question was "Where Was This Photo Taken?" Dave Gabriele guessed that it was "of the little league baseball field at Beachland Park along Troutbrook. Currently the field is now a soccer field."

The answer provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historial Society is: "The flood in 1955 washed away the fields of Beachland Park, and all that remained was the scoreboard and back fence."

Katherine Doyle August 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
That was a fire at Plant Junior High School. That night I was at choir practice at First Church a mile away and we could see the flames from the window.
Phil Hartling August 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Fire was on park road in building above leamans paint store.
William Turley August 13, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I was the Fire Captain responding to that fire at Lehman's Paint Store on Park Road. It sounded like a train at high when the fire was raging through the hallways.
Dianne Rechel August 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I don't remember Plant ever having retail space below!. I think that the Lehman's sign is a giveaway. Does anyone remember what year that was?
Olga Tagle September 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Mr. Turley - my family lived on the third floor and my parents were in the apartment when the fire broke out - thanks for your help during this devastating time in our lives. I was 13 at the time ... my brother 14. We attended and were at Plant Jr. High when we heard about the fire. My brother busted through the front doors of Plant Jr. High and ran down Whiting Lane in the freezing cold without a coat - my parents saw him running down the hill toward them. I was informed by the Principal of what was happening and shortly after trying to contact my Mom at work ( she wasn't there) my brother busted thru the door and came to get me. It was a time all four of us will never forget. Thank you for risking your life to save the building - the fire devastated everything and we lost everything. We were able to go upstairs after the fire to find a few belongings, but the mass destruction to the five rooms was incredible - it was a five room row apartment and there was only 1 wall left standing. I remember it like it was yesterday.
Ronni Newton September 24, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Olga, wow, what a memory.


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