Major Fires of 2023

Looking back at last year, these were the major fires plus a couple other notable incidents. 1/21/2023 1100 Logger Court Offices 2 alarms Dispatched 10:02 p.m. Controlled 10:43 p.m.  Blog post | Legeros photos 2/4/2023 4707 Walden Pond Drive Townhomes 2 alarms Dispatched 11:51 p.m. Controlled ~12:27 a.m. Blog post | Legeros photos 2/5/2023 9401 …

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Parking Deck Fire on Hillsborough Street

See Legeros photos | Listen to radio traffic Mike Legeros photos On Sunday, January 7, 2024, Raleigh Engine 5 and Ladder 6 were dispatched at 4:56 p.m. for a commercial fire alarm at 3001 Hillsborough Street, five-story student apartments, with first-floor commercial occupancies plus five-story parking deck. Engine 5 arrived with nothing showing from the …

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Two Alarms on Hourglass Court

See Legeros photos | Listen to radio traffic Two alarms were struck on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at 5919 Hourglass Court. Dispatched 3:21 a.m. as a multi-residential structure fire. While units were en route, dispatch reported receiving multiple calls. Upgraded to working fire.  Engine 17 first-arriving at a two-story row of townhomes, with heavy fire …

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Two Alarms on New Hope Road

Listening to audio recording. Two alarms were struck in Raleigh on Thursday, June 16, 2023, at a challenging high-life hazard structure fire at 1810 N. New Hope Road, at an assisted living facility. One-story brick and frame structure with 30,567 square-feet. Built 2001. Dispatched 2:49 p.m. EMS unit already on scene for another call reported …

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Comparing Charlotte’s SouthPark and Raleigh’s Metropolitan Fires

Let’s comparing and contrasting Charlotte’s SouthPark fire (May 2023) and Raleigh’s Metropolitan fire (March 2017). See our prior posting about the Charlotte fire.      Charlotte SouthPark Fire May 18, 2023 7740 Liberty Row Drive Five alarms Raleigh Metropolitan Fire March 16, 2017 400 W. North Street Five alarms Building Apartments under construction Seven stories, …

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Five Alarms in Charlotte

Updates: Added link to chart comparing fire with Raleigh’s Metropolitan fire. June 2, 2023. Added link to incident diagram. May 28, 2023. Brett Lipman photo top, Shevaun Bryan photo bottom left, TBD bottom right Listen to radio traffic (YouTube) View a diagram of the scene (JPG) Read comparison with Raleigh’s Metropolitan fire in 2017 Five alarms were …

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Two Alarms on Southern Magnolia Drive

See Legeros photos | Listen to radio traffic Two alarms were struck on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 4937 Southern Magnolia Drive. Dispatched 12:22 p.m. for Burgundy Star Drive and Southern Magnolia Drive. Reported explosion and multiple townhomes burning. Upgraded to working fire while units were en route. Was just up the street from Station 21, …

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Three Asheville Firefighters Killed in Bostian Bridge Train Wreck, 1891

This posted was updated in March 2023 with an important correction, about the correct names of the three firefighters killed. It’s also been expanded with new narratives about the incident and its aftermath, and converted to a linked PDF document.  On August 27, 1891, three Asheville firemen were killed and three others were injured when …

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Raleigh Fire Department History – Charts and Data

Updated on February 24, 2023, with additional charts showing fire station growth. Updated on January 11, 2023, with additional charts: extra-alarm fires and recruit graduating class sizes.  Random data play about the Raleigh Fire Department. These charts originally appeared as postings on Legeros Fire Line on Facebook. They were created using Excel. Growth Trends – Number …

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Waynesville Fire Chief Lawrence Kerley Killed in Explosion – July 14, 1942

This is a blog version of a Facebook posting from August 14, 2020. Tale of a tragedy. Early in the morning of Tuesday, July 14, 1942, a pair of explosion at a bulk fuel storage facility in Waynesville, NC, killed six people, and also fatally injured Fire Chief Lawrence Kerley. Below are a pair of …

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