09/05/09 205 W - + 11 - 11 Blaze Destroys Big Moving Van, 1944

Load of Furniture Consumed by Fire on Highway Nine Miles From Raleigh reads the second headline in the December 13, 1944 edition of the News & Observer. Packed with furniture, a "huge moving van" is destroyed by fire on Highway 1 "about nine miles from Raleigh near the Neuse River." The fire, blown by strong winds, spreads to a field and threatens a house and a gas station.

Raleigh firefighters extinguish the blaze, and save the buildings. Engine 4 might have responded, from Jefferson Street. Or maybe the auxiliary truck. Crews saved a new set of tires, and removed the tractor. The trailer and its contents were a loss. Traffic on the highway was blocked until the pumper's arrival. Waiting vehicles included "an Army convoy and a number of school busses."

The contents of the destroyed van? "Eleven pianos, ten living room suites, two sets of mahogany bedroom furniture with poster beds, several gas stoves and coal cooking stoves, several sinks, and a number of odd pieces of mahogany and walnut antique furniture." The G. R. Grubs Motor Lines van was headed to the Used Furniture Dealers Supply Company in Raleigh from New York.

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