On the morning of January 30, 1953, there was a disastrous fire at St. Mary’s School in Willimantic, CT. The fire, which originated in the boiler room, raged for five hours and destroyed the building. I found these going through some of the old family photos, threw them on the scanner and cleaned them up. I think that everyone in our town has one or two of these photos of the fire lying around in a box or an album. The tight-knit community banded together, raised money, and the new school was dedicated in 1955. There’s one more photo behind the cut.