ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY – 75 years ago today on April 28, 1941 – The large forest fire that occurred in Marlow and Stoddard. In 1941, the infamous Marlow-Stoddard fire burned 24,000 acres during the last three days of April before a freak May 1 snowfall extinguished the blaze. The fire started at a Marlow sawmill engaged in sawing some of the 500 million board feet of lumber salvaged statewide from the four billion board feet of pine timber blown-down during the ’38 hurricane. The Marlow-Stoddard fire was the largest fire to feed on the fuel of hurricane debris.
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY – 23 years ago today – Roadhouse Restaurant fire on Route 100 N in Wilmington. Multiple towns helped fight the fire.