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Updated: 02/02/2013 07:59:41AM

Englewood gets a fire truck, 1949

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY DIANA HARRIS

By the early 1970s when this photo was taken, the Englewood Volunteer Fire Department’s equipment included, from left, Engine No. 5, a 1968 Ford C-850 fire pumper; Engine No. 2, also a Ford; Engine No. 1, “Nellie Bell”; Military Brush Truck No. 3 and Fire Chief Bruce Benardo’s car.

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In June 1949, a charter was given to the volunteer fire department here in Englewood, but no move was made to raise funds for equipment.

A tragic event had to occur first that jarred the town awake. It happened on the night of Nov. 3, 1949. L.A. Ainger’s new market caught fire. It was located on McCall Road where Gulf Coast Hardware is today.

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