Earl Ray Tomblin

Fire devastates Harpers Ferry's commercial area

Fire devastates Harpers Ferry's commercial area

The commercial area in historic Harpers Ferry was devastated early Thursday when a fire destroyed a building that housed at least a half dozen businesses, Mayor Gregory Vaughn said.

He said a long building that extended from one street to another and held seven or eight businesses was destroyed and an adjacent restaurant sustained substantial damage. No one was injured, he said.

The buildings were constructed in the 1800s.

"I am totally grief-stricken for our community and for the shop and property owners affected by this terrible tragedy. I am, however, thankful that no one was injured," Vaughn said.

The commercial area is adjacent to Harpers Ferry...