- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) - A state fire official says a fire in Harpers Ferry’s commercial area caused about $2 million in damage.

Assistant state fire marshal George Harms tells The Herald-Mail (https://bit.ly/1HSfr2Q ) that the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

The fire occurred on Thursday and destroyed four buildings that housed eight businesses and several apartments.

Harpers Ferry officials met on Saturday to discuss the fire’s impact and rebuilding.

The buildings were constructed in the 1800s.

Harpers Ferry sits on a peninsula at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. The town was the site of a failed raid on a federal arsenal in 1859 by abolitionist John Brown. The attack raised public tensions before the Civil War.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., https://www.herald-mail.com


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