04/17/09 238 W, 1 I - + 16 - 18 Asheville Engine 5

For your Friday enjoyment, and speaking of our friends in Asheville, here's a great old photo of Engine 5. The 1927 American LaFrance, which is still owned by the fire department, is pictured at old Station 5 in Biltmore Village. The engine house was a small garage attached to a house. The latter was built in 1895 and first served as a management office for the Biltmore Estate. By 1925, the garage had been added, and the building was also used by the village fire department1. In 1929, the city purchased the property. The top floor was converted to living space for firefighters, and the bottom was rented to the Biltmore Company. Station 5 opened on August 29, 1929. The station served at that location until 1975. Read more Asheville fire station history. Or read about AFD history in general. Click once or two to greatly enlarge:

1Biltmore Village was created in the late 1890s as a model rental community to the nearby Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore Fire Department was formed around 1910. Within 7 years, it had 10 volunteers operating a hose wagon and a hose reel. A small fire station was located on Brook Street. Following the devastating July 1916 flood, the village was sold in 1920. BFD remained in operation, later obtaining a 1926 Ahrens Fox pumper and relocating to a larger engine house behind the Biltmore Office building. In 1929, BFD disbanded after the city assumed fire protection and took ownership of the Ahrens Fox pumper.

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