From the Richmond Whig, 7/2/1861
DESTRUCTIVE FIRE. - Yesterday afternoon, the workshops in
the State Penitentiary were destroyed by fire, involving a heavy loss of
machinery and materials. It is not positively known how the fire originated, but
the belief is that it was the work of a design. The prisoners were all removed
beyond danger, and placed under a sufficient guard. The massive, fire proof
walls of the main building prevented the destruction of the entire institution.