RICHMOND (WRIC) – A brick wall outside one of Richmond's most historic houses suddenly collapses and it may have been the work of vandals.
It happened at the Craig House on Grace and 18th Streets in Shockoe Bottom.
The entire wall was found collapsed Thursday morning.
David Napier with the Shockoe Neighborhood Association says the wall is part of the oldest framed house in Richmond built around 1789.
"The foundation of the wall shows it was leaning over," he says. "The question now becomes did it fall over on its own, or was it helped to fall over by something else?"
The home is currently occupied by a renter who says he didn't see anything. But the homeowner, Charles MacFarlane, told Richmond Police he's worried it was the work of vandals that might've been mad he put up signs supporting the Shockoe Bottom ballpark.
"We understand that's one of his concerns, and it's a legitimate concern. At the same time, before we jump to even that sort of conclusion, we need to determine if a criminal act occurred," says Commander Roger Russell.
Detectives are now working the case and aren't keeping those opposed to the ballpark out of the question.
"They all have different reasons. Some of them are civil and some of them, quite frankly, not so civil."
Regardless of who or what is responsible, the historic landmark will need to be repaired at some point.
"I'm hoping they can put this wall back up and last another couple hundred years," Napier says.
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