12/20/08 152 W, 1 I - + 13 - 9 Kinston Fire Station 3 Opens, 1942

Here's a bit of Kinston Fire Department history from the July 26, 1942 edition of the News & Observer. In a story dated July 25, the paper reported that Kinston's third fire station was a reality on that day. Residents in the north suburbs had sought the station for more than a decade. The station was located in Knott's warehouse and was manned by firefighters Jesse Conway and William Hoover. It had "one large truck and booste truck and chemical facilities." The station would protect the northern third of the city, where "many attractive residences" were located. Owners of the warehouse donated the building's use until "conditions permit building a fire station" after the war. How long was Station 3 open? Probably until 1948, when a dedicated station was built on North Heritage Street. Read more about Kinston fire history.

That’s Knott’s warehouse today, on Queen Street just south of Highway 70. In 1942, it was located at the northwest corner of East Washington and North McLewean streets, or so Sanborn Fire Insurance maps indicate.
Legeros - 12/23/08 - 22:48

On Thursday, July 12, 1945, the Kinston Fire Department held a house-warming party for a new Station 3 on Heritage Street. Firemen hosted city officials and a few guests with a fish stew. Auxiliary Fire Cheif Claude Chamberlain led the event. The Kinston Auxiliary Fire Department had some 30 volunteers “trained in wartime emergency firefighting and rescue work.” It was noted that the squad would continue as a “permanent peachtime unit.” Source: News & Observer, July 19, 1945, which corrects the opening year of Station 3 from 1948 to 1945. Memo to self: make corrections to other web pages with KFD history.
Legeros - 05/09/09 - 10:48

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