05/26/07 118 W - + 20 - 17 First Relay Pumping

Found while answering to a reader question regarding the location of the original structure, this the News & Observer article from June 3, 1937, suggests the first relay pumping in Raleigh occured when the home of George W. Mordecai on Wake Forest Road burned: "From an oil plant 300 yards away, firemen ran one two-inch hose to take advantage of the meager water supply available there. They found it necessary to employ booster pumps at both ends of the line-- the first time this had been attempted here, Chief Holland said. One pumper was parked at the oil plant to boost the water up grade to the burning house. Another pumper was stationed there to increase the line pressure."

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