Two Alarms on Settle In Lane

Two alarms were struck at 2925 Settle In Lane on Thursday morning, in northeast Raleigh. Dispatched 10:08 a.m. for city companies plus Wake Forest Engine 5 as auto-aid. Wake Forest Engine 5 and B1 were first-arriving at a two-story multi-family residential building, with 1,648 square-feet in unit, and six units in building. Built 2007. Heavy …

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Fraternity Fires in Chapel Hill – 1909 to 2001

This posting was originally posted on Facebook, on the Chapel Hill Fire Department Retirees & History page. Every part of a community is invariably impacted by fire. And as the clock is turned back, toward simpler times with fewer priorities on life safety and fire prevention, the numbers of destructive blazes invariably rise. Here’s a list …

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Four Shelby Firefighters Killed in Gas Explosion, May 25, 1979

This retrospective first appeared on FireNews.net in 2006, as the North Carolina Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation dedicated their new memorial in Raleigh. It also appears on my fallen firefighter’s history page. This posting also replaces a 2009 blog posting that linked to other retrospectives, which are now unavailable.  Apparently Routine Fire One of the darkest days in North Carolina’s …

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Five Children Killed, No Working Smoke Alarms, Greensboro’s Deadliest Fire

This blog posting was originally posted on Legeros Fire Line on Facebook. This version includes added news links. Five children died after an apartment fire in Greensboro on Saturday morning, May 12. The two-alarm fire was reported just before 4:00 a.m. at 3100 Summit Avenue. That’s a two-story brick apartment building, 13,835 square-feet. Fourteen units. Built 1962. A …

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Chapel Hill Airport Burns – January 11, 1941

From the Daily Tar Heel, January 12, 1941, via Digital NC / North Carolina Newspapers: Airport Burns; Seven CAA Planes Destroyed Defective Wiring Attributed Cause By Bucky Harward All ten airplanes and the hangar at the University airport were completely demolished last night between 7 and 8 o’clock by a fire which resulted from a …

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Remembering the Raleigh Riots, April 1968

This month marks a grim anniversary–fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. He was shot at a motel in Memphis and pronounced dead at 6:05 p.m. EST.  Riots soon erupted across the state* and nation**. It was the greatest wave of social unrest in the United States …

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New Research – American Eagle Flights 3378 & 3379

Announcing new historical research about American Eagle flights 3378 and 3379 and the emergency response to both crashes.  Flight 3378 crashed into a reservoir at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on February 19, 1988. All twelve souls aboard were killed. Flight 3379 crashed into the woods near Davis Drive in Morrisville on December 13, 1994. Fifteen passengers …

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Two Alarms on Dansey Drive This Morning

Note: This posting incorporates information from this narrative posted by Wake New Hope Fire Department.  See more photos by Mike Legeros Two alarms were struck this morning at 4713 Dansey Drive. The reported structure fire was dispatched at 7:55 a.m. for Engines 19, 15, 27, 11, Ladders 2, 5, Rescue 1, Battalions 1 and 5, …

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Fatal Fires in Raleigh – 1948 to 2018

Presenting the results of a recent research project: Fatal Fires in Raleigh, 1948-2018. Starting in 1948, and the deadliest fire in the city’s history. Five family members died after their apartment burned above the Carolina Country Club clubhouse in February 1948. Over 150 deaths, from incidents as limited by (a.) inside the city limits, or (b.) …

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This Morning’s Fire on Sanderford Road / Bit of Black Firefighter History

City firefighters have been busy of late. Working fires have been happening seemingly daily, over the last couple weeks. This morning, south-side companies were dispatched to 2126 Sanderford Road. Engine 10 first-due. Dispatched about 7:20 a.m. With the run card E10 E2 E12 SQ7 L2 L8 R1 B2 B3. Actual fire address was 2120 Sanderford Road. …

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