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Fire damages buildings in historic Harpers Ferry

Fire damages buildings in historic Harpers Ferry

An early-morning fire ripped through several early-1800s buildings in this beloved historic town early Thursday, damaging several businesses and threatening the national park that commemorates a pivotal moment in U.S. history. "This is devastating for Harpers Ferry," said Gregory Vaughan, mayor of the town at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia all come together. The buildings "have been standing there for almost 200 years," Vaughn said, "and they withstood the test of time — until 2015, unfortunately." A summer evening in Harpers Ferry typically sees tourists exploring historic buildings,...