11/25/06 88 W - + 17 - 12 Mutual Aid From Goldsboro, 1886

On November 30, 1886, a large cotton fire compelled Raleigh officials to contact the Goldsboro Fire Department. The telegram requested that they "hold themselves in readiness" in the event aid was needed. In Goldsboro, a special train was ordered ready and within twenty minutes, a telegram was received in Raleigh stating that the fire engines were aboard the train and ready to roll. Their assistance was ultimately not needed. Some 1,000 bales burned that afternoon, worth about $50,000. Some of the cotton was still burning after two weeks.

Who else has come to Raleigh’s aid in the past? Durham and Smithfield each sent engines when the Yarborough House burned in 1928.

Raleigh has gone to the aid of such places as Fayetteville (1885), Durham (1897), Clayton (1926), Louisburg (1928), and Sanford (1954).
Legeros - 11/25/06 - 12:53

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