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Richmond saw nearly $4M in fire damage during initial unrest

Posted at 6:27 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 06:27:07-04

RICHMOND, Va. - Fires caused nearly $4 million in estimated damages over the first 18 days of protests this summer in Richmond, according to an analysis by city emergency officials.

The Richmond Fire & EMS analysis provided to the Times-Dispatch found that Richmond fire crews responded to 48 fires between May 29 and June 15 that resulted in at least $3.9 million in estimated losses.

The figure doesn’t account for anything ruined inside the structures.

The headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy sustained the greatest structural damage at $1.25 million, according to fire department estimates.

Data collected and released by Richmond Fire shows that 18 buildings, 12 vehicles, and 16 dumpsters were set on fire during the first few weeks of protest.