02/08/10 227 W, 1 I - + 7 - 4 Bryan Building, 1993

Two major fires have beset Cameron Village. Both have involved the Bryan Building. December 2, 1964. Reported at 5:25 a.m. as a verbal alarm, presumably to nearby Station 5. Fire damaged a third of the block-long, two-story building on the west side of Daniels Street. Started in the kitchen of Hofbrau Restaurant. Extinguished with the assistance of a foam generator trailer, towered by a salesman passing through Raleigh. Cameron Village owner Willie York was so impressed, he bought one for the city. Foam 5 was housed at Station 5. One year later, the city added a second foam truck, stored at Station 1.

May 24, 1993. Summer not winter, but about the same time. Dispatched 5:46 a.m. Engine 5, Engine 6, Truck 1, Rescue 6, and Car 52 on the first alarm. Fire started in a doctor's office, and destroyed or damaged 25 businesses and offices. Crews battled the blaze for two and a half hours, before bring the fire under control. Three alarms were struck, and a rookie class also attended. Fire walls prevented the flames from spreading the entire length of the structure. Police closed the surrounding streets, and kept onlookers far away. The doctor whose office burned also suffered a fire at his home, which was reported 90 minutes into the Cameron Village incident. The blaze was believed intentional. Raleigh Fire Department photo unit member Jeff Harkey took this pic. Click to enlarge:

Jeff Harkey photo

I think I would consider pulling a 2.5in line if I rolled up on this fire though I wasn’t there and don’t mean to play Monday morning quarter back since there are too many unknowns out of the picture. I have just tried to get myself out of the “habit” or routine of getting off the truck and pulling a 1.5in line. Big fire needs big water…(if available) right?
rookie - 02/09/10 - 07:29

P.S. I just have to ask…was there any connection between the fire at the doctors office and the doctor’s house? I see that it says it was believed intentional but does that apply to both? Any charges ever filed? Alright…enough questions.
rookie - 02/09/10 - 07:31

The photo is perhaps an excellent Rorschach test for quarterbackers. There’s practically zero context provided, beyond the time stamp. (That’s 90 minutes into the incident.) One firefighter. One line. Lots of fire. Talk about infinite inferences!
Legeros - 02/09/10 - 07:32

History – by 1993, Raleigh had converted over to 2” hose and did not use 2.5” hose anymore. Well, there may have been a few companies that still had it, but I know E-20 (1982 Mack) had converted to 2” by then and the hose bed was raised to accommodate the additional hose. I’m sure all of the “downtown” units had made the conversion by this time. This may be 2” line in the photo (hard to tell…) Anyway…
A.C. Rich - 02/09/10 - 22:35

anybody remember what shift that was on.
gen3fire - 02/10/10 - 08:33

More information. The fire was a “C” shift fire.

First alarm: E5, E6, T1, R6, C52
Second alarm: E13, E1, E8, R7, C53
Third alarm: E4, E12, T15
Other units: C1, C2, C3, C5, C10, C12, C70, C71, SR5 (air truck), C42, C72, C73

Car 5 was incident commander.
Legeros - 02/11/10 - 07:21

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