04/05/09 574 W - + 15 - 12 Biggest Fires Ever in North Carolina?


It is said that nearly every city and town in the state has suffered at least one devestating fire. These conflagrations of the 1800s and early 1990s typically destroyed dozens or even hundreds of buildings, usually in a business district or the center of town. With improvements in fire protection in the 1910s and 1920s forward, the state's biggest fires shrank in scope, though "big ones" still continued to happen. Below is a starter list of the biggest fires ever in North Carolina. This excludes deadliest fires, which are logged in this database. What big honkin' fires do you know about? Please add, correct, comment, or send details in private messages! Let's document yet another piece of our state's fire history.

1900-present

1800-1899





Mike,
I believe one of the largest fires in Moore County was the Robbins Mill Fire on 08/17/2008. Firefighters from at least 45 fire departments from five counties fought a very large inferno all day Sunday at a former textile plant near downtown Robbins
Ted Horvath (Email) - 04/06/09 - 12:56

The OSFM newsletter “Fire and Rescue Journal” recalls a number of big fires and major incidents, over several issues. Access the newsletter here: http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/publications_o..

Winter 2005 – May 1925 – Coal Glen-Farmville mine disaster

Fall 2005 – May 25, 1979 – Shelby, explosion and fire that killed four firefighters and destroyed one block. Also referenced: Central Hotel fire of Feb. 23, 1928, First National Bank collapse on Aug. 28, 1928, and Kendall Drug fire on Mar. 7, 1950.

Winter 2007 – Oct. 4, 1989 – Swepsonville, fire at old Virginia Mills plant.

Spring 2007 – Mar. 28, 2006 – Eden, fire at Draper Inn Boarding House.

Summer 2007 – Sep. 3, 2003 – Swannanoa, fire at old Beacon Manufacturing plant.

Winter 2008 – Aug. 28, 1998 – Winston-Salem, fire at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Building 256.

Spring 2008 – Dec. 23, 1964 – Burlington, major fire downtown. Also referenced: downtown fire of 1918.
Legeros - 04/06/09 - 20:13

Few more…

1890 – Thomasville, nearly every business on East Main Street.

1899, May 5 – Greenville, 25 stores and offices.

1907, Apr. 7 – Salisbury, five manufacturing plants.

1912 – Black Mountain, most of downtown business district around Depot and Cherry streets.

1944, Apr. 8 – Pasquotank County, Forman-Derrickson Lumber Company. $450,000 loss.

1949, Jan. 21 – Wilmington, Orton Hotel, plus six adjacent buildings, $399,298 loss.

1956, Feb. 14 – Winston-Salem, B. F. Huntley furniture plant, $1,490,000 loss.
Legeros - 04/12/09 - 16:18



  
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