11/02/11 225 W, 1 I - + 6 - 3 One Hundred Fires of the Raleigh Fire Department

What would a list of Raleigh's biggest fires look like? And not just the top ten or top twenty, but a full one hundred? That was a question posed in an August posting, after obtaining a Milwaukee Fire Department history book. Here's the answer in the form of a document, culled from incident descriptions contained in my Raleigh Fire Department timelines.

They date from June 1816 to July 2011. They represent the biggest or historically significant fires in the city's history. Or at least, the first attempt at crafting such a list. There are disclaimers, the least of which is the absolutely likelihood that one or more "barn burners" isn't listed in the above timelines and thus has escaped Mike's notice.

There are vast differences in the narrative styles, and even the amount of incident details. The list was also compiled rather quickly, and could benefit from a more methodical comparison of incidents against each other by decade or era. (Here's a post from 2009 that talks about that.) But as a first stab, it certainly serves its purpose. e.g., here's what such a list looks like and some notes on how it was made. We'll work on a better or more definitive version at a later time. Read the PDF document, or click to read:

For the Wakefield Brush fire was Falls not first on scene?
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