The Capitol Bell Tower, a historic fixture in downtown Richmond located on the grounds of the State Capitol for hundreds of years, was damaged by fire Wednesday.
The fire started when crews were welding a seam in the ceiling of the tower, the dome at the very top of the structure. Work crews noticed the smoldering fire just after noon. It took Richmond fire crews three hours to extinguish the blaze.
The State Fire Marshall estimates the damage between $75,000 to $100,000.