01/10/09 82 W - + 9 - 10 Lees-McCrae College Building Burns, 1943

Before Banner Elk had a fire department, Boone, Newland, and Elk Park responded to the town on March 22, 1943, when the Tennessee Dormitory at Lees-McCrae College burned. The four-story, stone building-- built in 1925-- was reduced to ruins within three hours after starting about 1:15 p.m. The occupants numbered 60 and escaped without injuries. The fire departments took about 30 minutes to arrive. Source: News & Observer, March 23, 1942. The Banner Elk Fire Department in Avery County was chartered in 1965.

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