Hartford Circus Fire (1944)

A Bakery's Journey From Darkness To Light

A Bakery's Journey From Darkness To Light

It was lunchtime at Nardi Breads Inc., but no one was thinking about eating in the dark, cold cavernous commercial bakery — not on the seventh day without power, the seventh day of wondering how the 103-year old business would survive.

Owner Charlie Nardi, who turns 79 this month, along with his son and partner, Craig Nardi, and an employee, Erik Pfeiffer, were busy scraping dozens of unbaked sheet pizzas into plastic garbage bags. The pizzas, made for the Halloween rush, were headed for the dumpster along with thousands of pounds of bread and dough that should have found its way to restaurants by now.

It was a grim scene. They had spent days arranging shipments of rolls...