03/19/09 170 W, 1 I - + 12 - 18 Strip Malls and Shopping Centers

'Twas a heavy column of smoke reported from the roof of the Lowes Foods at 2900 East Millbrook Road early yesterday evening. Callers reported multiple locations, including Lowes Home Improvement and Golden Corral, both nearby. Arriving units found ventilation equipment on the roof ablaze. Ladder 11 and Ladder 4 were raised to provide access in the front and rear of the structure, respectively. The fire was quickly controlled. Engine 15, Engine 11, Engine 27, Rescue 19, Battalion 3, Battalion 4, Car 5, Car 20, EMS 5, EMS 16, and EMS District 1 also on scene. Pics from Lee and Mike (below) coming soon.

Speaking of strip malls, what shopping centers around here have burned over the years? In Raleigh, the list includes Quail Corners in 2002 (two alarms), Triangle Town Center in 2001 (two alarms, during construction, roof), Quail Corners twice in 1998 (three alarms, two alarms), the Bryan Building at Cameron Village in 1993 (three alarms), Gateway at Crabtree and North boulevards in 1987, and the Bryan Building at Cameron Village in 1964. Read more history of Raleigh and fire.

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