BECKLEY, W.Va. -- So many Raleigh County citizens have pitched in to help victims of last week's Marlinton fire that local authorities have asked that donations be put on hold.
Fire ripped through the Pocahontas County town's downtown on Nov. 10, gutting several businesses and leaving seven families homeless. Donations have been coming in from all over West Virginia to help.
"The response from our communities in donating clothing and other needed items to the fire victims in Marlinton has been overwhelming," said Lt. T.L. Miles, of the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department.
"The citizens there are now asking that donations halt until further notice so that the families may get organized in their new dwellings."
Miles said residents who still want to help may want to donate money to the fire departments that fought the blaze and had equipment damaged.