Former Charleston Fire Department Chief Thomas Carr will be laid to rest today. Fire department officials estimate 1,000 people will attend the service scheduled for this afternoon in Charleston.
The service will begin at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on Meeting and Broad streets in downtown Charleston. A procession will follow to escort Carr’s ashes from the church to Magnolia Cemetery. Carr’s family has asked for the burial to remain private.
Traffic will be affected in the area due to street closures for parking and the processional. Starting at 1 p.m. Broad Street from King to Church streets and Meeting Street from Queen to Tradd streets will be closed to accommodate the parking of emergency vehicles and for pedestrian safety. This will include closures at the following locations: Broad and King, Meeting and Queen, Meeting and Tradd, and Meeting and Chalmers.
Law enforcement will create blockades at intersections as the processional travels north in order to reduce the impact of the street closures, according to fire officials.
The processional is expected to begin at 3:20 p.m. It will travel east on Broad Street to East Bay Street, turn north on East Bay Street, continue north on East Bay Street to Morrison Drive, continue north onto Meeting Street to Cunnington Avenue and then turn east onto Cunnington Avenue to the cemetery.
Carr served as chief from November 2008 until his retirement due to his declining health on March 2, 2012. During his tenure, Carr led a period of sweeping change in a 319-person fire department still recuperating from a June 2007 fire that killed nine firefighters.
Carr passed away at his home last Wednesday evening, surrounded by friends and family after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 57-year-old.
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Glenn Smith contributed to this report. Reach Natalie Caula at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.