02/20/06 173 W - + 14 - 15 Five Minutes to Flowing Water, 1888

Random historical tidbit, from the May 1, 1888 edition of the News & Observer: "The sound of the fire alarm roused the city Sunday night about midnight and from the tap of the bell which showed that the alarm was sent in from box 41, the fire was soon located and it was found that the kitchen of Mr. John Beckham on Dawson Street was in flames. Mr. Beckham's residence and other residences which were near at hand were greatly endangered by the fire, but here again the value of the fire alarm system and the efficiency of our fire department were quickly demonstrated. Within five minutes from the first tap of the bell, two streams of water were in full play upon the burning building and before the same length of time had again elapsed, the stroke of the bell announced the fire was under control. The flames were quickly extinguished and what might have proved a serious conflagration ended in a few charred timbers and a harmless column of smoke."

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