Built in 1869, the Yale & Towne building housed the largest lock company in the world with more than 1 million square feet of space in the 35-building complex. The property was sold to the Old Colony Co, and has been leased to commercial and light industrial users for the past 50 years.
The biggest fire in Stamford’s history started on April 3, 2006 in Building 15 of the old Yale & Towne factory buildings. The fire spread to another, 17,500-square-foot (1,630 m2) building housing several antiques dealers. Dark clouds of smoke formed over the scene, visible from miles away. About 200 residents from homes on Pacific and Henry streets were evacuated. The biggest casualty was a firefighter who suffered a minor knee sprain.
Firefighters used 1 million gallons of water in three hours. Then the water mains ran out and water from the nearby harbor had to be pumped in to douse the flames. The fire department spent $25,000 in overtime to put out the fire