04/01/11 245 W, 2 I - + 5 - 4 North Valley Apartments, 1970

One of my favorite fire photos of yore is this News & Observer image from September 7, 1970. That's the North Valley Apartments which were on Lassiter Mill Road and just east of Six Forks Road, right? Around the corner from Station 9, right right? Three apartments were heavily damaged, said the paper the next day. The blaze was reported by a resident taking a shower. They looked up and saw their ceiling on fire! How many "holy cow" things can you spot in the below picture? Click to enlarge:

News & Observer photo

Here's a wider view of that day's incident and it helps place the location of the photographer, who must have been on the walkway of the second  building. One firefighter was injured with cuts to his hand and shoulder, note my notes. He was treated and released at Rex. The fire was reported at 12:46 p.m by telephone. Units on scene were Engine 9, Engine 4, Truck 6 (service), Truck 7 (service), Rescue 1, and Engine 10 (second engine at Station 1) filling in at Station 4. Engine 9 later returned to help with the investigation. Click to enlarge:

News & Observer photo

See more historical News & Observer images of the Raleigh Fire Department in action in the photo section of the Raleigh Fire Department Historical Society. Read more RFD history in general on my history pages. Yeah, two places for the same sort of information. We'll get everything merged some day.

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