Station 3

13 S. East Street

Opened July 26, 1951

Faces west

3,564 square feet, two stories

   

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Lee Wilson, Mike Legeros photographs

Google Earth photo
       History: Station 3 was originally located at 135 E. Hargett Street. It opened in February 1913, and was the third of the three fire stations first staffed with career firefighters. Hose Company 3 was placed in service with a horse-drawn hose wagon. It was motorized in November 1914 with a 1912 American LaFrance combination hose car.

Built in 1898, the former quarters of the volunteer Victor Company cost $2,900 to build including the $800 lot. Designed by Charles B. Park, it replaced an earlier building at the corner of Salisbury and Davie streets that was destroyed by a fire on April 7, 1897. The Hargett Street fire station was a two-story structure with a drive-through apparatus bay. The building measured approximately 40 by 25 feet.

On July 26, 1951, a new Station 3 opened at 13 S. East Street. Built by John Coffey and Son Construction Company, the $35,000 facility was manned by eight firefighters. It was built upon the recommendation of the National Board of Fire Underwriters to have a fire station closer to the city's eastern residential section.

Old Station 3 was demolished in the spring of 1952. Used cars were stored in the building, which was leased by Carolina Motor Sales. They continued to lease the lot after it was cleared.

Mini 3 was placed in service on August 18, 1986, with one of three 1986 Chevrolet brush trucks purchased by the fire department. It was moved to Station 2 in 2005 and returned to Station 3 in 2006. Mini 3 was renamed Mini 2 on July 7, 2009. Station 3 also housed a rescue company from 1976 to 1978, and a brush truck circa 1983 to 1985.

Engine 3 has operated many makes and model years of apparatus over the years, including American LaFrance (1951, 1968), Mack (1973, 1982), Pemfab/EEI (1986), Pierce (1997, 2006), Pierce/EEI (1990), and Spartan/Quality (2001).

Station 3 is the second oldest active fire station in Raleigh.

Last updated: 31DEC12

Courtesy Raleigh Public Affairs

Circa 1953 / Courtesy Raleigh Fire Department

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Courtesy of C. T. May

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July 1961 / Raleigh Times photograph

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Old Station 3 in 1943 / Courtesy Betty Poole Brinkley

Old Station 3 Floor Plan in 1912 / Drawing by Mike Legeros

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Old Station 3 / Courtesy of North Carolina State Archives


Sanborn Map - 1903, 1914


Sanborn Map - 1950

Drawing by Mike Legeros

 


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