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Stubborn Fire Hits Wake Forest Home

Posted May 7, 2007

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— Fire heavily damaged a home in Wake Forest on Monday afternoon and drew firefighters from several companies.

The stubborn blaze at 3708 Wind Mead Road broke out about 3 p.m.

There were no confirmed injuries as firefighters fought the flames from both inside the 3,400-square-foot structure and from outside. Tax records listed the house's value at more than $350,000.

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  • watchdog May 7, 2007

    ...Continuing..
    Obviously today things are different with the insurance companies, but to keep the tradition in the Fire Service alive, there is still a friendly "rivalry" among each company (station and/or departmnet).

    Just for clarification, a Fire Station is a part of a Fire Department. Raleigh Fire Station 3, Station 6, Station 20, etc. are ALL a part of Raleigh Fire Department. Each one is not their own "department." Sorry, that's just a pet peeve of mine!

  • watchdog May 7, 2007

    The use of the term "company" in the Fire Service dates way back to the days of fighting fires for insurance companies. Insurance compaines used to provide the fire service for their customers. Then the fire companies started to use Fire Marks that are pretty much a metal sign with the unique symbol that represented each "fire company." Back then, the only company that would get paid (by the insurance company) for fighting the fire, would be the one whose Fire Mark was on the house. So, that means that other fire companies would not fight the fire because they would not have gotten paid. Then the Insurance companies progressed to pay the fire company that put the fire out.

    All of this created a rivalry in the Fire Service between the different "fire compaines" that is still (somewhat) present today in the more traditional departments. Obviously today things are different with the insurance companies, but to keep the tradition in the Fire Service alive, there is still a friendly "ri

  • bigbr0ther May 7, 2007

    Fire trucks has been called companies for a long time. Its each group of fire fighters that are on a engine, truck/ladder or tanker.

  • pikemom1 May 7, 2007

    WRAL why do find it necessary to put the tax value on your story.The only people that care,are the one's NOT willing to help,or cry "oh well they are rich folk".

  • mindofreason May 7, 2007

    Yes...Ever hear the Andrew's Sisters song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B"? Company is an old army term referring to a team of members from a certain larger group or department. In this case companies are referring to certain trucks and team from many different fire houses.

  • love32acupIBTC May 7, 2007

    Fire departments are now "Companies"? Wow- No fires, no buisness, no money? More fires, more buisness, more money? I've seen more and more rural volunteer fire departments converting to companies. Am I missing something here?