[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Fires in Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg, Va., April 8, 1861.
On Friday night, about half-past 8 o'clock, a fire broke out in a dwelling-house owned by the Misses Dangerfield
, on Main street, near the railroad, in the lower part of the city, and before the flames could be subdued the entire building was consumed.
For a long while the large brick house adjacent, occupied by Mr. Sacry
, was in imminent peril, but efficient exertions saved it. The fire was accidental, and occurred during the absence of the occupants.
Insured in the "Merchants," of Richmond
, for $800.
On Sunday night, about the same hour, fire was discovered to be raging in a dwelling on Sophia street, opposite Warren
's Tannery, in the occupancy of Mr. G. A. Rawlet
The building being a frame one, the fire spread with such rapidity as to defy extinction.--Soon the valuable brick double tenement adjoining was seized by the "devouring element," and although desperate efforts were put forth to save the property from destruction, by some noble and energetic mechanics, their labors proved abortive, and in a brief space of time three houses, including a large kitchen, were reduced to ashes.
The origin is not known, but in all probability accidental.
The property belonged to the Warrens of this place, and was insured in three companies to its full value.
We have efficient apparatus, but no organization.
Had a company of disciplined firemen been on the ground, valuable property might have been rescued.