In the fall of 1923, a demolition crew began tearing down the original Battery Park. Later that year, flames would consume parts of the remaining property.
July marks the 20-year anniversary of the unsolved arson that nearly destroyed one of Asheville’s historic landmarks.
“Darkness ended the heroic labors of the firemen, who were searching among the ruins for the bodies of those still missing, while keeping streams of water on the hot ashes and charred timbers,” notes The Asheville Citizen, in its 1917 article, “Death Toll At Catholic Hill School May Be Eight Children.”
Catholic Hill School — Asheville’s first school building constructed to serve the African-American community — was built in 1892. The three-story brick building held classes for students in the first through ninth grades. On Friday, Nov. 16, 1917, the school’s furnace malfunctioned. Fire consumed the building, and seven students perished in the flames. In 1923, Stephens-Lee […]
“Out of the ashes of her arsonist’s deliberate attack
She will rise in time and take her mountains back”
Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, a brush fire caused by unknown sources in the Ridgecrest area of Buncombe County erupted across the ridgeline. Spurred by gusty winds and dry conditions, the blaze soon spread across the mountains bordering Black Mountain, destroying several homes and forcing residents to flee to safety as state and federal Park Service officials, along with firefighters from across Western North Carolina, came in droves to battle the wildfire.
CITIZEN-TIMES — City firefighters say a blaze that heavily damaged an abandoned commercial building near the downtown Tuesday night appears suspicious.
***UPDATED: As of 5:50 p.m. the fire is out.*** A major gas fire hit the Sandhill Road area, erupting around 4 p.m. today. Emergency response crews have blocked off the area, and reports from both news outlets and social media tell of a huge fireball and a shockwave that shook nearby buildings. Authorities are warning people to avoid the area. Photo by Jason Setran.
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At 11:27 a.m., Asheville firefighters reported the morning fire at the old Isaac Dickson Elementary, 125 Hill St., has been contained.
As a massive fire continues to engulf parts of Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, photographer William Mauney posted a stunning video to YouTube documenting the flames.
Yesterday’s rain helped reduce the size of the raging fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness area from 2,700 acres to about 2,275 acres, but the blaze continues to blanket a popular site for hiking, climbing and camping. Officials are now worried that an upcoming week of warm, dry weather could challenge containment efforts.
As Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette stood speaking during a memorial dedication for Capt. Jeff Bowen at Mission Health on Thursday afternoon, he had to stop when nearby firetruck sirens rang out. (Photo of Scott Burnette by Caitlin Byrd)
The cause of the structure fire that started in the River Arts District late April 5 evening remains as opaque as the smoke that billowed from it. The flames overtook two buildings at the future New Belgium site on Craven Street. (Photo by Max Cooper) ***UPDATE Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m.: AFD has determined these fires were intentionally set.***
By about 11 p.m. tonight, the Asheville twitterati were reporting that a major fire — or multiple fires — were blazing in the River Arts District. Early reports indicate that vacant buildings at the future New Belgium site may have burned. (photo from West Asheville Watch)
Fire at the Mountaineer Inn on Tunnel Road has been brought under control, according to AFD sources. Photo by Erin Flattery via Twitter.
A fire – apparently caused by construction equipment – burned a hillside Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Asheville, Beaverdam, Reynolds and Reems Creek battled the blaze. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
After months of intensive internal investigations, the Asheville Fire Department has released the 522-page final report on the July 28, 2011, incident and the death of Capt. Jeff Bowen.
On Friday evening, the Brevard Road house of Parker Sloan, Grey Nelson and Adam Bowers burned to the ground. No one was injured, but high winds made it difficult for firefighters to extinguish the flames and the house was destroyed. The Asheville community has responded with various events to help their neighbors. To help, read on:
(Parker Sloan sorts through the remnants of his bedroom. Photos by Bill Rhodes)