Richmond saw 48 protest-related fires causing $3.9 million-plus in losses during first 18 days of unrest


Vehicles also were set ablaze in the first block of Clay Street, 304 W. Marshall Street and in the first block of East Grace Street causing an estimated damages estimated at $5,000, $38,000 and $12,000, respectively, according to the fire department’s analysis.

Dumpster fires were set at a wide range of locations, and one of those blazes scorched an exterior walls of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Brandt/Rhoads Hall, a dormitory for students, a university spokesman confirmed. Fire officials placed the damage at $1,000.

Asked whether the dozens of fires significantly endangered the lives and safety of city firefighters, Chief Carter replied, “All uncontrolled fires are inherently dangerous. However, every arson fire we encounter brings the potential dimension of intentional harm to life and health.”

The United Daughters of Confederacy has kept a low profile since the fire at their organization’s headquarters, and numerous requests to learn the extent of their loss and future plans have gone unanswered.

UDC Executive Director Mary Valentino said in an email that she forwarded the newspaper’s information request to UDC President Nelma Crutcher, who Valentino said is the “only spokesperson for the UDC.” Crutcher, who lives in Tennessee, has not responded to inquiries first made in July.

The Washington Post reported on June 3 that Civil War artifacts were destroyed in the UDC fire, including a Stonewall Jackson camp flag, but the newspaper did not attribute the source of the information.

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