10/16/06 143 W - + 14 - 14 Fire Alarms in 1875


That year, the city of Raleigh was divided into four "fire divisions." The first division was north of Hargett and east of Fayetteville and Halifax streets. The second division was south of Hargett and east of Fayetteville streets. The third was west of Fayetteville and south of Hargett streets. The fourth was west of Fayetteville and north of Hargett streets. When a fire was reported, the city bell would chime one tap for the first division, two taps for the second division, and so on. Prior to these divisions, fire alarms were general alarms. Personnel gathered in the Market Square to learn the location of a fire. Unless, that is, there was an obvious red glow in the sky somewhere. Fire alarm boxes were added a decade later in 1888. The box locations were also tapped out on the city bell.





  
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