Richmond, VA Lightning Strike, Jul 1892


A Man, His Wife and Three Children Found Dead at Richmond, Va.

A family of five persons were killed by lightning a few nights ago at Richmond, Va. They were asleep in their two-story residence, just beyond the eastern corporate limits of the city, when struck. The bedroom was in the upper story. The building was isolated and the windows were raised. The house was set on fire, and the tragedy was discovered by fire issuing from the roof.

The persons killed were DALE EMMETT, thirty-one; ALICE EMMETT, thirty-two; LILIE EMMETT, six; NORMAN EMMETT, three, and a seven months old infant. The father was a carpenter, who, with his friends were there from Westmoreland County, Penna., about a year ago.

When the rescuers reached the room by ladders, MR. EMMETT, his wife and baby, lay in bed, while near by were smouldering[sic] the remains of his six and three year old children.

The family were buried next day, three hearses carrying the bodies to the grave.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1892-07-29