09/30/08 77 W - + 18 - 8 Room Blazes as Man Calmly Reads in Bed

The March 6, 1940 edition of the News & Observer reported on a fire in the room of Phillip Brockwell at 322 S. McDowell Street. Embers from an overheated fireplace started the fire, as Brockwell read in bed. The brother of Sherwood Brockwell, a senior fire enginer for the DOI and Raleigh's first full-time Fire Chief, didn't know the room was ablaze until he "smelled clothes burning." Damage estimated at $200.

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