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The Mann Metal Fire
(aka The Thomas Farm)
5-8-2004

Hartford Michigan

Hartford's famous "mansion", a short distance to the east, was not damaged by the fire.



12:57 a.m.


12:57 a.m.

12:58 a.m.

12:58 a.m.

12:59 a.m.

1:01 a.m.

1:02 a.m.
 

1:03 a.m.

1:03 a.m.

1:03 a.m.

1:07 a.m.

1:22 a.m.

The following day

 

 


 

Demolition of the burned section of the building and historic silos started soon after the fire.  The silos were replace with a new building, shown behind the semi truck above.  A fire-scorched roof section remains as a reminder of the 5-8-2004 fire that destroyed a portion of the History of Hartford.   Mann Metal is one of the largest employers in Hartford.


 Click on any fire photo to slightly enlarge for better viewing.

Actual fire photos by Gale Weberg 5-8-2004
New building photo by Emma Thornburg Sefcik 6-16-2005
 

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
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Revised: March 20, 2014