05/23/10 160 W, 1 I - + 4 - 6 Hillsborough Street, 1961

This expertly composed photograph appeared on the front page of the September 16, 1961, issue of the The Raleigh Times. Staff photographer Ken Cooke took the picture that morning at the historic Hillsboro Apartments building, located at 323 Hillsboro Street. One resident was killed, and twenty others were displaced by the pre-dawn fire. It was reported by telephone at 2:18 a.m., and was brought under control about 6:30 a.m. The blaze apparently started in the basement of the three-story, fourteen-unit, wood-and-concrete structure. It was built in 1880.

More than 100 firefighters responded. They rescued three residents, one of whom was transported and released. The deceased resident was found in a basement apartment. Over a half-dozen ambulances staged at Hillsboro and Morgan streets. One firefighter was injured, struck on the shoulder by a hose. The Firemen's Auxiliary Coffee Committee, comprised of firefighter wives, also responded and provided food and drink. The loss was estimated at $70,000. Click to enlarge:

Ken Cooke/Raleigh Times photo

Speaking of Hillsboro/Hillsborough Street, what is the history behind the different spelling of this name?
Webster - 05/24/10 - 06:05

Legeros - 05/24/10 - 06:37

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