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Fire destroys city block in Marlinton

By Staff reports

MARLINTON, W.Va. -- A massive fire that started early Sunday morning engulfed four buildings in downtown Marlinton, a town firefighter said.

The fire began around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters were on the scene by 2:40. They were still fighting the blaze Sunday afternoon.

"A lot of debris has collapsed, and it's tough to get the water in there," said Curtis Helton, a firefighter with the Marlinton Volunteer Fire Department. "It'll be smoldering for several days."

Helton said there were about 10 fire departments on the scene from all over Pocahontas County, as well as neighboring counties. There is also a firefighting crew of inmates from the federal prison in Alderson, Helton said.

The buildings, which were brick and masonry, held apartments and businesses. No one was seriously hurt, but one firefighter was sent to a hospital with minor injuries.

The Pocahontas Times reported that the burned buildings housed apartments, a Nationwide Insurance office, a salon, offices, an arts and crafts store and Dirtbean Ohana, a cafe and bike shop.

The fire's cause is not yet known.


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