Here is the earliest newspaper account we have of a fire in Hamden, from the July 1, 1853 edition of the New Haven Palladium. The exact location of the building was not given, but an 1868 map of Hamden suggests that the Hamden Iron Co. may have been the "Iron Works" that was located in the Woodruff factory at Broadway and Ives. Built in 1833, most of the Woodruff factory building burned down in January 1968.
Apparently this "fire proof" building wasn't so fire proof. Forty-three years before the organization of Hamden's first fire company, even a small fire was usually the total loss of those portions of a building and its contents that were combustible.
Originally posted 12/28/12
Photocopy provided by Julie Hulten, Hamden Historical Society