On July 6, 1944, the big top of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus caught fire during a performance in Hartford, Connecticut. After less than 10 minutes of unimaginable horror, 168 spectators, mostly women and children, were either dead or dying. Hundreds were injured.

The Circus Fire examines the tragedy and seeks to solve the many mysteries it triggered. This CPTV Original documentary uses photographs, archival film, and stunning visual and sound effects, woven with stories from survivors and people who have studied the fire, to tell the story.

On CPTV: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 12:30 a.m.


“Women's Work” features the stories of Connecticut women serving as leaders, trailblazers, artists, educators, advocates and entrepreneurs. Watch the original TV documentary. Six additional short films will be released weekly - watch them here.

Share YOUR story, too. Honor a woman who has made an impact in your life or tell us your immigration story. Post a photo and caption on our web page at cptv.org/womenswork. Find out more »

Our Sharing Connecticut series lets you visit the unique people and places that drive the pulse and spirit of our state. Browse the full Sharing Connecticut series »

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