04/05/09 155 W, 1 I - + 17 - 16 Charlotte Fire Museum Closing Its Doors

Today's Charlotte Observer reports the regrettable news that the Charlotte Fire Museum is closing. Located at Old Station 4 on Fifth Street, their last day is April 30. As the article notes, the museum is closing after its directors learned that the new property owners wanted to raise the rent. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fire Education Center and Museum opened in 2002, five years after firefighters started the initiative. Since that time, they've been open three days a week for tours and birthday parties. What becomes of the many antiques items and pictures presently filling the facility? They'll be returned to firefighters, retirees, or family members, or stored at firehouses. Read the article. In December, Yours Truly took a day trip to photograph the museum. Tour the museum through pictures. The three rigs shown below and in the photo set are, left to right, a 1948 Mack, a 1971 Seagrave, and a 1928 American LaFrance.

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