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Marlinton Mayor Says Downtown Fire Devastating; Investigation Continues

Reported by: Send eMail Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron, Asssociated Press
Reported: Nov. 12, 2013 8:37 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 12, 2013 10:28 AM EST

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Marlinton , West Virginia

Marlinton Mayor Joe Smith said a fire that destroyed four buildings is devastating for his city.

The Sunday fire displaced several businesses and about a dozen residents. Media outlets reported that the fire rekindled Monday.

In addition to displacing people, Smith said the fire will have a significant economic impact. He said the city has lost some of its tax base.

He also said that streets in the area, along with other businesses that weren't affected, can't be opened until one of the burned buildings is secured. He said the three-story building's roof caved in and it's not safe.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. Smith said fire marshals haven't entered and examined the buildings because of safety concerns.

State fire marshals said they have determined the fire began in the Hudson Variety Store. They continue to conduct interviews as the investigation into what caused the blaze continues.

Firefighters were able to knock down the remains of what was the tallest building that was damaged in the blaze. That building was reportedly built about 1900.

AP contributed to this report.



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