--A bout 11 o'clock, on Monday night last, a fire broke out in the upper story of the old-wooden tenement on 9th street, near the corner of Broad.
The building was owned by the Hon. James Lyons
, and for a number of years has been used as offices for several of the legal fraternity of this city.--In the third story some of the Congressional and Legislative committees held their meetings, while the first and second stories were used respectively by Hon. James Lyons
, Judge William H. Lyons
; Blackburn Hughes
and Littleton Tazewell
, Esqs, as law offices.
This house was considered one of the oldest in that section of the city, and for forty years has been occupied by some of the most distinguished lawyers of the times — among whom we will name Judges Roane
, and, it is said that great orator Patrick Henry
The property was insured in the Mutual Insurance Company, and sustained about $1,500 worth of damage.
The roof was the only portion destroyed by fire, although the damage to other portions was great from water and being pulled to pieces.
Although there seems to be no doubt that the fire was the work of an incendiary, yet it is hard to divine what could have been the object, as not an article of any kind is known to have been stolen.
The alarm of fire about 6 o'clock on Monday afternoon was caused by the partial burning of the roof of the old wooden building on the corner of 9th and Main streets. The fire occurred from the burning of a foul chimney, and had it not been for the efforts of one of its occupants, Mr. Thomas Stagg
, the building would doubtless have been totally destroyed.