Norfolk, VA Fire, Mar 1837
March, 1837. A fire broke out at night on the east side of Market Square, near Main Street, and six or eight large brick buildings were consumed, including a fine lofty edifice at the corner, then known as Reilly's. The weather being very cold, the engines were worked with difficulty, and great efforts were required to arrest the progress of the flames. The vacuum caused by this destructive fire, by which several person sustained considerable loss in goods, furniture, &c., is now filled by Newton's beautiful row, extending south from the east corner of Main street and Market Square.
Historical and Descriptive Sketches of Norfolk and Vicinity, 1853