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MARLINTON -

All day Monday the residents of Marlinton stood outside watching the fire crews battle the remaining smoke and flames.  When your entire downtown consists of only a few streets and avenues, an whole business block gone is a huge deal.

"I saw it as a still thriving part of town," said resident Rachel Vance.

These buildings were not only home to about a dozen people, they were also home to seven of Marlinton's businesses.  One of those was the town's coffee shop, lunch spot, and bicycle store the Dirt Bean.

"We will miss the Bean it was a part of everyone's morning routine and even people who came through on the biking trail loved to stop there it will be missed," said former Dirtbean employee Brenda Walters.

The town of Marlinton has been slowly losing it's businesses and residents over the years, but the people and business owners there now couldn't be more proud of their home.

"Her heart and soul was into this place and were not sure what she is going to do, it's hard to say but we will take it one day at a time," said Walters.

"Our heart is here and that's what keeps a lot of us here," said Vance.

The corner building was most recently home to some offices and apartments but people in town said this building has been a staple since at least the 1920's.

Some of Marlinton's younger residents said they're here to stay and they have hope for their future.

"I think it could really help with some new businesses and buildings coming in and help with out economical growth," said Autumn Vance.