Five Alarms in Downtown Raleigh – Audio, Video, Photos, News + Run Card

Share4Share1Share1This posting is a work in progress. Narrative, diagram, and other information is forthcoming. Looking for Legeros photos? They’re forthcoming! Contents Incident Summary Notes From Radio Traffic Audio, Video, Photos, News Stories Run Card Other Structure Fire Calls Dispatched During The Fire Updates March 22 – WNCN news links added, more suppression details, incident notes …

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Vintage Photos of Henderson High School Fire, 1968

Share0Share0Share0Passed along from our friends at the Henderson Fire Department is this Flickr album of vintage pictures of the Henderson High School fire on April 3, 1968. They were taken by Lyman McLean, a freelance photographer who worked for both the Henderson Daily Dispatch and the police department. The shots are from his personal collection, and now part …

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Thousands Evacuated, Dozens of Homes Burned – Western NC Wildfires of April 1985

Share1Share1Share0What have been the worst wildfires in our state’s history? Either in recent decades or way back when? Below is a “worst one” from 1985.  Let’s look back at another series of huge wildfires in western North Carolina. From the Raleigh Times on April 5, 1984, found while doing some local fire department research. List format, …

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Party Rock Fire – Massive Mutual Aid – Photos, Notes, and More

Share5Share2Share2Update – The fire was declared 100% contained as of December 1. The fire burned 7,142 acres. The cause remains under investigation. On Friday, November 11, 2016, fire departments around North Carolina were requested to help fight a wildfire in the western part of the state. A blaze had started six days earlier at Chimney …

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The Steer Steak House, Johnny’s Motor Lodge, and the Capital Inn

Share0Share0Share0On July 28, 1965, the Steer Steak House at 1625 Louisburg Road burned. Or as the road was later named, North Boulevard, and even later named, Capital Boulevard. Fire was reported at 3:55 a.m. by a passing motorist. Crews battled the blaze in a heavy rainstorm. The one-story structure (plus basement) suffered extensive damage and …

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Matthew Memories – Wake County Engine Company Strike Team

Share0Share0Share1On Thursday, October 13, 2016, a Wake County engine company strike team was dispatched to Bladen County, to assist with flood relief efforts and emergency responses in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Apex, Bay Leaf, Eastern Wake, Fairview, Knightdale, Stony Hill, and Wake Forest each sent a single engine plus members. Notes this News & …

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Restaurant Burns During Busy Night at NC State Fair, October 1964

Share0Share0Share0On Tuesday night, October 13, 1964, a restaurant building at the fairgrounds was destroyed during a busy night at the North Carolina State Fair. Thousands were attending the fair, and watched with rapt attention as “portable” restaurant was consumed by flames. The $100,000 structure was a loss, and the blaze likely inspired the creation of …

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Car Strikes Durham Fire Station, Fire Captain Narrowly Escapes Injury or Worse

Share0Share0Share0How’s that for a dramatic headline? Dateline Durham on Monday about 4:15 p.m., where Capt. Andrew Johnson had been sitting on a bed at Fire Station 14 on Umstead Road. Thirty seconds later, a car crashed through the wall and struck the very spot where’d been sitting, reported the Herald-Sun. Herald-Sun photo The four-door sedan …

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Matthew in Raleigh – Firefighters, Water Rescues, and Rescued Rescuers

Share0Share2Share2Contents Part I – Hurricane Matthew Part II – Old Stage Road Part III – Rose Lane Part IV – Numbers Part V – Wake County Water Rescues Part VI – Sources Part I – Hurricane Matthew On Saturday, October 8, heavy rain and winds pelted Raleigh and Wake County as Hurricane Matthew passed along …

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Water Rescue Teams Operating in North Carolina After Hurricane Matthew

Share0Share0Share0Let’s start a list of the swift-water rescue teams operating in North Carolina since Saturday and the arrival of Hurricane Matthew: Apex FDARR-MAC (Arrington FD, Mar-Mac FD)Asheville FD (as TF2)Cary FDCarolina Beach FD Chapel Hill FD (+ as TF8)Charlotte FD (as TF3 and NCHART)Clayton FDCumberland County SO (as TF?)Davie CountyFayetteville FD (as TF9)FEMA Task Force …

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