03/14/09 228 W - + 16 - 14 House Fire, 1944

On Friday, July 21, 1944, a twelve-room home on "Dixie Trail Extension" was "partially destroyed." The blaze was discovered about 6:30 p.m. by "Professor Brown," one of the residents and a State College faculty member. Three Raleigh fire units responded. Since the stone home was located outside the city limits, crews stretched hose through the woods and pumped water from a nearby lake. Nearby residents were notified of the fire by a neighbor, who drove her car through the neighborhood.

Firefighters were helped by neighbors, Boy Scouts, and auxiliary firefighters in saving all furniture from the first floor. Few of the furnishings on the second floor were saved. Heat melted a bee hive near the top of the house, and the trickle of “scorching honey” kept firefighters from getting close to the flames. Several firemen were overcome by heat.

The Boy Scouts, who were called to the fire, remained on scene until about midnight. They directed traffic, helped firefighters, and assisted the resident in sweeping water from the upstairs rooms. Both the scouts and “Civilian Defense auxiliary firemen” helped crews stretch hose from the lake to the house. Fire Chief W. R. Butts was unable to estimate the damage, and commended the work of his department, the Boy Scouts, and the auxiliary firemen. Source: News & Observer, July 23, 1944.

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