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EAST HAMPTON — One of the oldest continuously operating factories in Connecticut that made bells was destroyed in a weekend fire.

The blaze at the Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co. factory in East Hampton started at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. More than 30 fire departments helped to bring it under control.

Bevin Brothers was the last of a once-thriving industry that earned East Hampton the nickname, “Belltown, USA.”

The Hartford Courant reports that the Connecticut Region 3 Incident Management Team said propane tanks in the factory caught fire and exploded, helping spread the blaze.


Nation drafts eurozone collapse action plan

GENEVA — Switzerland does not foresee a breakup of the eurozone but is nonetheless drawing up an action plan in the event of its collapse, the country’s central bank chief said Sunday.

Thomas Jordan, who became chairman of the Swiss National Bank last month, told the SonntagsZeitung newspaper that a working group was discussing measures to combat any strengthening of the safe haven Swiss currency.

The bank intervened in September to stem the rise of the Swiss franc which had soared as investors sought a secure place for their cash, hurting Swiss exports and the tourism industry.

From wire dispatches and staff reports