01/02/10 216 W, 5 I - + 9 - 11 Monday's Major Fire in Lexington

FireNews has posted some dramatic photos from Monday's massive structure fire in Lexington. They're courtesy of Lexington Fire Department-- three stations, three engines, one ladder-- which battled the blaze at the old United Furniture plant at 151 Elk Street. The alarm was transmitted about 5:00 a.m. and the defensive operations were underway for a number of hours.

The fire was contained by 2:00 p.m., and most crews cleared about 4:30 p.m. LFD was assisted by other departments including Central, Holly Grove, Midway, North Lexington, South Lexington, Thomasville, and West Lexington. (Anyone have a list of units?) One official said it was the city's first major fire since 1998. The building was used as storage, and had three tenants. Police closed a six-block area around the structure. Sources: FireNews, WGHP, WFMV, Winston-Salem Journal.

Below are also a Bing Maps aerial photo, and Sanborn Maps images of the location from 1948 and 1929. United Furniture occupied a plant just east of the present structure. It was destroyed in a 1936 fire, and the company moved into its present site, the old Elk Furniture Company plant. By that time, the street was also named Elk Street. Click to access/enlarge:

Mauirce Hodges/FireNews Photo

Bing Maps photo

Sanborn Maps image, 1948

Sanborn Maps image, 1929

Sanborn Maps image, 1929

Some details on the 1936 fire. The estimated damages were near $400,000. Some firemen thought it was the worst in the city’s history. They battled the blaze for over 12 hours, using every piece of fire equipment, and finally calling for help from Thomasville, which sent a truck. Source: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bXk..

Okay, more information. The United Furniture plant was not rebuilt, but moved to the former Elk Furniture Company plant, which was next door, after the 1936 fire. Okay, need to update my posting above. Sigh. Source: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=S4E..

Sanborn says LFD in 1929 had one station, one part-paid Chief, four full-paid men, and 16 part-paid volunteers. Two presumably American LaFrance Type 75 pumpers, each 750 GPM. One Hudson “auto service truck.”
Legeros - 01/02/10 - 09:45

Posting updated, with historical info. and maps corrected.
Legeros - 01/02/10 - 10:24

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