Wallingford, CT Wallingford Wheel Co Lightning and Fire, May 1858
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
MERIDEN, Conn., May 30.---The large three-story frame factory of the Wallingford Wheel Company in Wallingford, Conn., was struck by lightning during a heavy thunderstorm at 3 o'clock this morning and totally destroyed by fire. The entire Fire Department was promptly on hand, but owing to the breaking of a hose its work availed but little. The company was turning out about 100 sets of wheels per day, as this is the busy season and had a large amount of stock on hand. The loss will reach $60,000, with $23,000 insurance.
The company employed 300 hands, and will rebuild again.
The New York Times, New York, NY 31 May 1858