Raleigh Fire Department History

Fatal Fires


Created: February 10, 2018
Last updated: January 12, 2021

This page presents a historical perspective of fire-related fatalities from 1948 to 2018, as related to emergency calls answered by the Raleigh Fire Department.

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  • The majority of these fatalities occurred within the city limits.
  • The data is incomplete, with gaps most likely in the 1950s.
  • The data begins in 1948, with the deadliest fire in the city’s history.
  • Data is primarily but not exclusively based on structural fires.
  • Transportation-related fire deaths are excluded, with a couple listed as addendum.
  • Compiled Mike Legeros, from sources including news stories and fire department records.
  • Originated as a blog post in 2013



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