Windsor, CT Fire, May 1930

Houses and Tobacco Sheds Burned in Forest Blaze at Windsor, Ct.; Loss $40,000

Fire Departments of Five Towns Battle Spreading Flames for Hours--Seven Tons of Tobacco Ready for Delivery Destroyed--Pines on Watershed Lost.

Windsor, Ct., May 4.--A forest fire which went over 150 acres of land burned for five hours this afternoon along the Windsor, Windsor Locks and East Granby town lines, destroying two dwelling houses and one tobacco shed, and damaging another tobacco shed. The fire departments from Windsor, Windsor Locks, Pequannock, Suffield and East Granby were called to fight the fire and in spite of their combined efforts the fire spread rapidly because of the high wind.

The progress of the flames was finally checked by building backfires and plowing land. The tobacco shed which was burned belonged to John Apecki and contained seven tons of tobacco, which was to have been delivered tomorrow morning. At this farm a number of other buildings were burned. A dwelling house belonging to the American Sumatra Tobacco company was destroyed and a shed owned by that company, was damaged.

A large grove of pine trees located on the watershed of the Windsor Locks Water company was destroyed. The heavy clouds of smoke in the sky attracted many hundreds of automobilists and the roads were choked with sightseeing cars. Special police were put on duty to handle the traffic which oftentimes impeded the progress of fire apparatus which was obliged to move frequently in order to keep ahead of the flames.

The estimate of the damage done by today's fire is placed by some at $40,000.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 5 May 1930