01/19/08 155 W, 1 I - + 18 - 11 Fires at Watson's Flea Market

How many fires at occurred at the location of Watson's Flea Market? Mike's history pages have two. On April 30, 1982, a feather processing plant caught fire about 5 p.m. The thick smoke was seen as far as 30 miles away. The one-story brick building burned for about an hour, but the adjacent Watson's Poultry plant was not damaged. On February 12, 1994, the Watson's Flea Market restaurant burned. Two alarms for two-story structure, with Truck 1 operating.

But were there others? Readers recently asked about this. Today, scanning a newspaper from March 1987 found another. On March 28, a warehouse building at Watson's Marketplace Place was destroyed. Two businesses were lost, and third were damaged. Five fire units took more than three hours to control the 11:30 a.m. fire. Some 2,000 people were present at the time of the fire, most at the outdoor flea market. The Raleigh Times ran this photo:

In my explorer days with RFD, I remember taking in a “Code 3” one night. It was between 1993 and 1995…..
Silver - 01/19/08 - 12:37

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