11/17/12 237 W, 1 I - + 11 - 11 UPDATED: News & Observer Building, 1915

November 17, 2012
The below information is incorrect. This photo is from the second time the News & Observer building burned that decade, on November 6, 1915. Described by The Raleigh Times as the worst fire in Raleigh's history, the blaze destroyed over $300,000 of property. It started at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning, in either the second or third story of the E. M. Uzzell & Company printing company building. Flames soon spread to the News & Observer building to the east, to the Wake Shoe Company to the west, and finally to the Crystal Theater. Flames damaged or destroyed a couple other buildings. Two firefighters were slightly injured when a wall collapsed. This photo and the incorrect date and details appeared in the Raleigh Fire Department's previous commemorative book, published in 2007. Annotate your copy as needed. 

February 7, 2007
Here's another goodie from ago, passed along from a fellow fan of history. This is [NOT] a postcard view of the News & Observer building on Martin Street, which was destroyed on April 24, 1913. Hydrant pressure was lost during this blaze due to a water main break. Quick-thinking Fire Chief Sherwood Brockwell directed the steam engine to the intersection of Fayetteville and Davie Streets, where it utilized one of the old underground cisterns. This image is also one of the oldest surviving images of any fire in Raleigh or Wake County. Click to enlarge:

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