01/22/10 186 W, 2 I - + 12 - 10 Fires at Watson's

For your weekend enjoyment, let's travel back to the early Eighties, and the first of four fires at the future Watson's Flea Market, at 1436 Rock Quarry Road. The first major fire occurred on April 30, 1982, at a 4,400 square-foot feather processing plant. Bales of feathers were burning, and the smoke could be seen for 30 miles. And they stank. The second major fire on March 3, 1984, destroyed the center section of a 70,000 square-foot former seafood and poultry plant. The building was largely vacant. Crews returned to the scene for days.

The third major fire occurred on March 28, 1987 (below), in a 12,000 square-foot warehouse housing five businesses. That day, some 2,000 people were working and shopping there. Crews were on scene all day. The fourth major fire was on February 12, 1994. Two alarms in the former cold storage building attached to the rear of the main office and restaurant. The details of these four fires are presented in a PDF-format chart. Please provide additions and corrections as desired. This is a living history, and input is as important as research.

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