About the 1944 fire in Hartford

Contribution by one of my reader…

thought this might be of interest to you, published in today’s Daily Mail

‘I was worried her soul would never rest’: Fire captain CRITICIZED for ‘poor judgement’ after removing naked photos of dead girl, 8, killed in a 1944 circus blaze from the walls of his firehouse

  • The big top fire at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in July 1944 is considered one of the worst fires in American history
  • 167 people died and 700 were injured in the blaze
  • A photo of eight-year-old victim Eleanor Cook has been up on the walls of the Hartford Fire Department engine 14 station for years
  • Outgoing Captain William Pond took it down and destroyed
  • He said it was ‘publicly displaced in this horrific manner’
  • Incoming Captain Carlos Huertas said the decision was one of ‘poor judgement’ and ‘demonstrated a lack of professional’


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2 thoughts on “About the 1944 fire in Hartford

  1. What a sweet looking girl. My 2 times great grandmothers name was Eleanor Cook, but she was from Ontario. I haven’t been successful in connecting her very well to the states, but I know that’s where they came from first. Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing it Pierre!

  2. Pierre

    My maternal aunt Florence Melissa Short and my brother who was 4 at the time. The story as she told it was that she and John were walking to attend the circus and were running late. As they approached, they saw the flames and sat down to watch.



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