11/14/06 105 W - + 14 - 10 Fire Alarm, 1884

From the News & Observer on July 13, 1884, in their typically punchy tone of the time: "An alarm of fire at 8:15 yesterday evening gave every boy in town an opportunity to scream fire, and these opportunities were eagerly grasped and diligently improved without exception. A slight fire in a kitchen back of the Prairie building on Wilmington street was the occasion of the racket. This was put out by the neighbors, however, so quickly that the 'musheens' did not have a chance to damage anything with their water, though they were ready for action more promptly even than usual. The damage by fire was inconsiderable."

Also, kitchens were typically detached structures, making those fires less damaging when they occurred. Detached kitchens reduced the risk of fires and kept the main structure free of cooking heat and odors.
Legeros - 11/14/06 - 07:15

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