03/19/09 123 W, 1 I - + 13 - 11 Historic Inn Burns in Asheville

Asheville's historic Richmond Hill Inn burned overnight. The Citizen-Times reports crews were dispatched about 1:00 a.m. and found the 1889 structure heavily involved. The front portion of the Inn had already collapsed, and firefighters began both attacking the fire and protecting exposures. Water shuttles were required, to supplement the area's hydrants. Twelve fire departments conducted the shuttle. The Inn was empty at the time of the fire. The Richmond Inn had a big fire before, when a 24,000 square-foot addition was destroyed on April 9, 1995. The $3 million blaze was the worst in the city's history, surpassing the $2 million of damage in1 969 when the Bank of Asheville and Dunham's Music House were destroyed downtown. Read the article.

Bill Sanders / Citizen-Times Photo

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