Richmond, VA Theatre Fire, Dec 1811
An etching showing the Theatre Fire of December 26, 1811
Theatre in Richmond, Va.
Date: December 26, 1811.
Time of fire: During the last act of the evening performance.
Number of people in audience: About 600.
Cause of fire: Careless hoisting of a stage chandelier with lighted candles, whereby a border became ignited.
Panic, jam at exits.
Number of victims: Seventy persons killed, many injured.
No data available as to location, plan, construction, and equipment.
Twelve Prominent Theatre Fire Calamities of this Century [1800s] from Theatre Fires and Panics: Their Causes and Prevention, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1896, page 12
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