10/10/06 217 W - + 14 - 19 Great Fair Fires?

What have been the great fires of the State Fair? Here are a few:

October 15, 1946 - Raleigh Fire Department responds to 5:06 a.m. alarm. Two lines and 1,110 feet of hose are used.

October 10, 1958 - Tin cattle barn burns. Workers assist Western Boulevard and Raleigh firefighters. Fueled by 1,500 bales of straw inside the building, blaze takes two hours to control.

October 13, 1964 - Portable restaurant burns. Located between Dorton Arena and the Red Cross Lounge, the 50 by 100 foot eatery catches fire with around 6:20 p.m. Between 70 and 150 people are in the restaurant when the fire starts. First fire truck arrives at 6:32 p.m. Raleigh, Cary, and Apex respond as mutual aid. Fame of building collapses at 6:45 p.m. Damage is estimated at $100,000. Fire is watched by thousands of spectators.

Other fires on the grounds, but not during the Fair:

September 22, 1962 - Three rows of display booths destroyed. Worker at Red Star Oil Company spots blaze in exhibition building. Firefighters, including two Raleigh units, bring blaze under control in less than 20 minutes.

September 29, 1965
- Concession stands burn. The 4 a.m. fire alarm sweeps through 315-foot stretch of stands. Public address system tower also gutted. Damage to stands is about $25,000. Three units and 22 volunteer firefighters battle blaze. Raleigh Fire Department also responds with five men and a pumper.

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