Richmond, VA Hotel Fire, Feb 1922


Known Fatalities in Hotel Burning---Many Unaccounted For.

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 7.---Six known dead, thirty reported missing or unaccounted for and twenty-eight known injured was the toll of a fire, which today started from an undetermined cause in basement of the Lexington hotel, spread thru the four stories of the structure and then spread to other buildings, sweeping half a city block before it was checked. The property loss is estimated at from $250,000 to $500,000.

The flames quickly cut off all exits and the guests, many with clothing in flames, jumped from the windows, some landing in life nets, but others plunging to the pavements. Seventy-two persons were registered at the hotel when the fire broke out.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 8 Feb 1922