Hoffmeister Barn on Wintergreen Avenue Tuesday, January 25, 1955
From the January 26, 1955 edition of the New Haven Evening Register (courtesy of the New Haven Free Public Library microfilm collection)
Ff. Ken Harrington is atop the ladder of the 1952 Dodge maintenance truck.
We posted this photo back on June 17, 2011, asking if anyone knew when or where it was taken. After Tom Waite, Jr's January 1955 photos of the Hoffmeister barn fire were posted on this website, former Dep. Fire Chief Clark Hurlburt recognized certain features on the barn that matched our mystery photo.
Whoever took the mystery photo is not known, but Waite's photos of the same fire are posted below.
(Photo by Thomas Waite, Jr.)
January 25, 1955 - Firefighter Bill Hines pumping the new 1954 Maxim 750 pumper from the hydrant at Wintergreen Avenue and Pleasant Drive, not Geen Hill Road, as the article stated (Green Hill does not intersect with Wintergreen).
Bill Hines was promoted to lieutenant the following year and was still an active department member when he passed away in May 1979 following a brief illness.
Hamden's brand new Maxim was less than four months old. #3 Pleasant Drive is seen in the background.
3 Pleasant Drive today
57 years later - Hydrant that Engine 4 pumped from