12/27/11 418 W - + 3 - 3 Angier Suffers $150,000 Blaze, November 20, 1924

News & Observer, Friday morning, November 21, 1924


Arriva of Fuquay Springs Flivver Saved The Business Section

Angier, Nov. 20 - Fire originating in a lot of rugs hanging against a wall through which a chimney had been built, destroyed four of the principal business houses here today, entailing a loss estimated at $150,000, and until the timely arrival of the Fuquay Springs fire flivver1, threatened to destroy the entire business section of the town.

Heroic work by the Fuquay department under the command of Capt. Jeter Jones, checked the flames and a few minutes later the company from Dunn arrived in a cloud of dusty. The Raleigh department arrived a few minutes later and added its weight to the fire fighters, and the block was saved. The Raleigh covered the 27 miles of rough roads in 55 minutes.

Buildings destroyed included the Earpe cafe, Wilson and Co., the largest general merchandise store in the town, and the D. D. Overby store. The Overby Drug Co., next door to the Wilson store, was practically ruined when the walls of the three story buildings adjacent collapsed upon it. The losses are understood to be partially covered by insurance.

The fire had its beginnings in a store room above an apartment on the second floor, occupied by A. C. Barefoot and family. Hanging against the wall directly against the chimney from the apartment were the rugs. A loose brick, a hearty fire in the heater beneath, with the rugs hanging against the wall did the rest. The fire was discovered early, but the absence of any equipment for fighting it let it go almost unhindered.

Much of the contents of the stores were removed to the streets where they were overrun by the throngs that gathered from far and wide, attracted hither by the glare in the sky. Confusion was of the sort that is usually described as indescribable. Half dozen coffins hastily snatched from the burning were piled about, and standing guard over them an old fashioned wooden horst upon which country merchants display buggy harnesses.

For two blocks along the railroad all sorts of merchandise is scattered. The town authorities pressed half dozen cities into service as constables and placed them on guard against looting which had begun before the fire was checked. Some of the merchandise removed was caught under the collapsing walls of the building when they fell into the streets. No one was injured.

1Flivver is a slang expression for a Ford Model T.

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