From the Richmond Sentinel, 12/16/1863, p. 1, c. 6
Fire. – About half past one o'clock yesterday morning, the building on Cary street, opposite the foundry of Messrs. Ettenger & Edmund, owned and used by Lawrence Lottier for grinding snuff and making smoking tobacco, was, with its contents, completely destroyed. – Had the fire communicated to several large piles of plank immediately in front of the snuff mill, the destruction of several tobacco factories and stables in the vicinity would have been almost inevitable. The firemen, however, succeeded in suppressing the flames before any damage, other than that above stated, was done. It is not known how the fire originated, but supposed to have been set on fire. Losses quite heavy.