05/08/15 217 W, 3 I - + 5 - 4 Small Fire at Old Station 8

Did you catch the twist to the commercial structure fire on Wednesday, reported at the intersection of Western Boulevard and Method Road? Engine 8 was first-due and found a small fire in the rear of a barbershop at 1007 Method Road. Eagle-eared listeners might've recognized the location as the original Station 8. See a few photos from Lee Wilson, from the aftermath.

Back in the day that was a rented house that opened as a fire station on April 1, 1960. Engine 9, the second engine at Station 1, was relocated at 11:55 p.m. on March 31. That was five minutes after City Council approved annexation to an area in west Raleigh.

The engine was a 1953 American LaFrance 700 Series. Tanker 1 was also placed in service at that location two days later. That was a 1960 GMC 4000/Alexander, 1500 gallons. Two shifts of six firefighters manned the station. Both trucks were housed in a concrete addition built by firefighters.

Engine 8 relocated to its permanent and still-present location in February 1963. Happened after Valentine's Day, but the exact date is still unknown. Station 8 is located at 5001 Western Boulevard. Read more histories of both locations. Alas, precious few photos have been found of the original station. One scanned newspaper clipping is shown below.

Lee Wilson photo

Mike Legeros photo from 2012

News & Observer photos, April 3?, 1960

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