Statement on Downtown Fire

Note: these are my own comments and not official comments from the City of Raleigh

First and foremost, I am extremely grateful for this City’s first responders. Despite the enormity of this fire, our fire fighters, police, emergency teams worked together in exemplary fashion to get the fire under control and ensure that there was no loss of life or serious injury. Raleigh is a top rated city and our first responders are at the top of the class.

Second, as the Fire Chief acknowledged during the press conference, this was Raleigh’s largest fire since the 1920’s. The fact that it happened indicates that our knowledge is incomplete and that there will be lessons to be learned.

Obviously, there is an investigation that is ongoing. Eventually, we will learn what happened. And we will learn what we must do differently to prevent something like this from happening again.

Thank you.
David Cox
Raleigh City Council Member