MARLINTON, W.Va. (AP) -- -

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

The Sunday fire displaced several businesses and about a dozen residents.

Media outlets report that the fire rekindled Monday.

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

He also says 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 says the three-story building's roof caved in and it's not safe.

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

To donate to the people affected by the fire, checks or money orders can be made to:
Marlinton Fire
c/o Pendleton Community Bank
P. O. Box 87
Marlinton WV 24954

Make checks payable to Marlinton Fire.


Original story from Nov. 11, 2013

The town of Marlinton, West Virginia, lost half of its business district in a fire.

Thirteen families are now without a home, and seven businesses were destroyed by the fire on Sunday.

The fire started around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Marlinton Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Curtis Helton tells the Charleston Gazette that one firefighter suffered minor injuries. Helton says about 10 fire departments from Pocahontas County and surrounding counties fought the fire. He says the federal prison in Alderson also sent a firefighting crew of inmates.

Mayor Joseph Smith is working with representatives from the governor's office and the Red Cross to find a permanent housing solution for the people affected. The Red Cross is temporarily housing the 13 families.

Money donations in the form of checks or money orders can be made to:
Pendleton Community Bank, P. O. Box 87, Marlinton WV; 24954.

Checks can be made out to Marlinton Fire.   The money will directly help affected families and will be dispersed based on need.