Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting

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ISBN: 738515124

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Overview

The terrifying threat to wooden structures with minimal water supplies was well known to the planners who laid out Wake County's first town in 1792. Wide streets were created to prevent fires from spreading between buildings. As early as 1802, citizens contributed to the purchase of Raleigh's first fire engine. More »

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ISBN: 738515124

The terrifying threat to wooden structures with minimal water supplies was well known to the planners who laid out Wake County's first town in 1792. Wide streets were created to prevent fires from spreading between buildings. As early as 1802, citizens contributed to the purchase of Raleigh's first fire engine. More than 200 years later, 23 departments in the county still respond when called to protect the capital city and surrounding county areas. Over 220 images from local newspapers, area archives, and personal collections span the early history of this area. From Raleigh to Cary and Apex to Zebulon, both municipal and rural fire departments are remembered from their early beginnings. Stories of fires at Raleigh's Yarborough Hotel in 1928, downtown Knightdale in 1940, and Pullen Hall at NCSU in 1965 come alive, as do dramatic photos from the old Mangel's building fire, the North Raleigh tornado, and the flooding after Hurrican Fran.

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