Chief V. Paul Leddy had been head of the Hamden Fire Department for less than a month when an early evening fire killed three young children at 135 Shepard Street. A few days later a manslaughter warrant was signed against the landlady because authorities believed that code violations in the residence had led to the blaze. Charges against the landlady were later dropped when the coroner could not determine that the code viiolations led directly to the fire that caused the three deaths.
If this tragedy had occured today, charges most certainly would have been filed against others. Read the article.
New Haven Evening Register, Wednesday, December 7, 1960 (Courtesy of Chan Brainard)