New Canaan, CT Opera House Fire, Dec 1892

An Opera House Burned.

NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 1.---Fire was discovered in the Nicholas Opera House at New Canaan this afternoon, and before the local Fire Department, which consists of hand and a bucket brigade, could control the flames the building was damaged to the extent of several thousand dollars. The building is also used as a Town Hall and offices, and it is feared that the records have been damaged.

Rankin & Meadie's "Runaway Wife" company were to have played here this evening, and some of their properties have been destroyed. The building, a new one, is owned by G. Duff Nichols, a New-York City corset manufacturer, who resides in New-Canaan, and was finely equipped.

The fire was caused by a defective flue. The loss is covered by insurance.

The New York Times, New York, NY 2 Dec 1892