04/18/12 218 W, 2 I - + 4 - 5 This Morning's Fire on Jones Street

News reports are slim so far about this morning's fire on East Jones Street that heavily damaged a pre-Civil War home. WRAL has posted this news brief. The 4,810 square-foot structure at 516 E. Jones Street was built in 1854 (or 1851). Two stories with a brick exterior.

From the tax photo (below) and Bing Maps Bird's Eye views, notable features included four chimneys. Looks like a former boarding house, or perhaps current office space. (Google lists a couple businesses at the address.) We'll probably see a profile of the occupants and the building before long.

Engine 3 arrived with heavy fire showing through the roof in the rear. Recalling radio traffic, interior operations segued to deployment of a portable monitor in the rear. Ladder 4 was subsequently deployed in the front, onto the roof and into the attic space. Exposure protection on the delta side. Additional engine special called to catch a second hydrant, for additional water.

Dispatched 1:47 a.m. Controlled 4:07 a.m. No injuries. Fifty-percent of the building damaged. Cause determined as accidental due to unspecified electrical failure. Units on scene included E3, E1, E13, E7, E17 (special called, was likely covering at Station 1), L4, R2, B2, A1, C10, C20, C40, EMS _, EMS _, EMS _, (on the ball there, aren't we?) D1, T1.


WRAL photo

This residence was also the business office of the Raleigh Downtowner magazine, http://www.raleighdowntowner.com/..

They have posted interior and exterior aftermath photos on their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/raleighdowntowne...

They are also looking to borrow a few items, as they lost all their computers, cameras, files, equipment, as such. See their note on the above FB page. They are working to finish their current issue on borrowed equipment.
Legeros - 04/18/12 - 22:12

Such a loss! Most importantly, thank goodness no one was hurt. That is an irreplaceable house in Raleigh’s treasure of a neighborhood, Historic Oakwood. I’m saddened to hear that the house is a total loss…a piece of history gone.
Pam Katchuk (Web Site) - 04/20/12 - 15:59

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