New Britian, CT Catholic Church Explosion & Fire, Jan 1904

Interior of Edifice Ruined and Two Priests Endangered.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., Jan. 21.—An explosion in the basement of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church here at 12:30 to-night caused a fire which totally destroyed the interior of the structure. Fathers Harty and Leddy ran into the burning building and attempted to save the blessed sacrament.

The flames were so hot, however, that they did not succeed, and the priests were rescued with difficulty by the firemen. The church was built in 1888, and is one of the most beautiful in New England. It is estimated that the loss will be $50,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 22 Jan 1904