02/28/07 106 W, 1 I - + 19 - 9 Yarborough House and Square Footage

Happened upon this postcard on eBay, which makes a keen visual aid to the following figures posted earlier as a comment: the average square footage of the Big Fire homes was/is 1,428.75. Each two-story, four-unit building measured 5,715 square-feet, with twelve buildings burned, partially burned, or had to be protected. 68,580 square-feet total. When Raleigh’s Yarborough House on Fayetteville Street burned in 1928, and tied up the entire fire department plus engines from Durham and Smithfield, the three-story building measured some 46,500 square-feet (from insurance maps). Fifteen lines, 7,200 feet of hose, and 30 engine hours on that one.

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