Two Alarms on Millbrook Road – August 2

Notes for the archives. Two alarms were struck on August 2, 2019, at Crossroads Fellowship Church at 2721 E. Millbrook Road. Dispatched as an automatic fire alarm at 11:03 p.m. for Engine 19 and Ladder 2. Units arrived at a one-story, concrete, warehouse-type building with 220,000+ square-feet. Nothing showing on arrival on Engine 19. As …

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Run Card for Charlotte House Explosion

This is a blog version of a Facebook posting, about details and units at a four-alarm explosion and fire in Charlotte. The narrative has been updated a bit, from the original posting. Charlotte Observer photo Four alarms were struck at a house explosion on Charlotte on Tuesday, July 3. The incident was dispatched just before …

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Run Card for New Hope Woods Fire

Here’s the run card for New Hope Fire Department’s major woods fire last week, on Wednesday, May 29. Some 50 acres were involved, and threatened some residential structures. The resources included 60 firefighters, 34+ pieces of apparatus, and a complete EMS box alarm with 16+ EMS personnel.  The first units were dispatched at 5:02 p.m., …

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Wilmington Fireman Killed by Falling Wall – 1893

On June 17, 1893, Wilmington volunteer fireman Joseph Ballister Willard died in the line of duty. He was a member of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, and was killed when a wall collapsed at a warehouse fire. The fire started at 2:00 a.m. at a brick warehouse on Water Street, which stored about 400 …

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Notes on Raleigh Response to Durham Explosion on April 10

For those documenting the response to the building explosion and fire and collapse in downtown Durham on the morning of April 10, 2019, here are some details on the response of the Raleigh Fire Department. Both the regional haz-mat and USAR teams were activated by the state, to respond to the incident at 115 Duke …

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Two Alarms on New Hope Road

Two alarms were struck on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 4715 N. New Hope Road. That’s a two-story, wood frame, garden-style apartment building with 10,708 square-feet, and built 1972. Dispatched 12:01 p.m. for Raleigh plus nearby New Hope Engine 1 as auto-aid. New Hope Engine 1 first-arriving, with smoke showing. Raleigh Engine 19 and Battalion …

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Two Alarms on Falls of Neuse Road – April 10, 2019

Belated posting about a fire from two weeks ago… Two alarms were struck on April 10, 2019, at 6131 Falls of Neuse Road. Dispatched at 6:22 p.m. as an automatic fire alarm for Engine 15 and Ladder. Upgraded to commercial structure fire while the units were en route.  Engine 15 found smoke showing on arrival, …

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Biltmore Fire Chief Dies During Asheville Flooding, 1916

Here’s an unusual bit of history from Western North Carolina. The great flood of July 16, 1916, killed the Fire Chief of Biltmore Village, J. C. Lipe. He drowned, along with three other members of his family, try to escape from their home. His death was reported in this Raleigh News & Observer article about the …

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Two Alarms on Aileen Drive

Pre-arrival picture via Joel Brown on Twitter @JoelBrownABC11, of last night’s two-alarm apartment fire in Raleigh at 3121 Aileen Drive. Dispatched 6:00 p.m. Engine 20 arriving with heavy fire showing, and people “jumping out of windows” said radio traffic. Second alarm at ~6:09 p.m. Plus two EMS alarm assignments, for potential for numerous patients. Controlled …

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