Residents asked to hold off on Marlinton fire relief donations
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The Raleigh Sheriff's Department is asking residents to hold off on donations for those affected by the fires in Pocahontas County.
The sheriff's department said in a statement that the response from the community in donating clothing and other items to the families and residents affected by the fires in Marlinton has been "overwhelming." But residents in the Pocahontas county seat now are asking for the donations to stop until they can get organized on their new homes.
The families also ask that those who still want to donate money consider the fire departments in the area that suffered damages in fighting the blaze.
Fire broke out Nov. 10 on Main Street in Marlinton and destroyed three buildings, one of which was a decades old building that housed 13 people. The blaze was believed to have started in Hudson's Variety Store before spreading to Dirt Bean Ohana and the McK building. Also housed in the McK building were a state Division of Forestry office, the Corner Salon, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office and the Bialek Nationwide Insurance office.