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Today marks 72 years since a deadly Hartford circus fire

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Wednesday marked 72 years since a fire ripped through a circus tent in Hartford.

On July 6, 1944, 168 people died in a big top fire at the Ringling Brothers circus.

Eyewitnesses said the Wallendas were going up for a high wire act after other performers had wrapped up an animal act. That's when everyone noticed the flames.

They were caught on camera from the outside by a man from Plainville.

Witnesses said the fire quickly consumed the tent and trapped hundreds of people inside.

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