MARTINS FERRY – In the aftermath of Sunday’s early morning blaze, Martins Ferry Mayor Robert Krajnyak said at least five of the seven affected buildings will be demolished, citing safety concerns amid extensive property damage.

He described the matter as a “major loss” for the city.

First responders met a major fire at about 3:30 a.m.; it burned through a row of small businesses along South Fourth Street. The roofs of three of the buildings, including True Value Hardware at 5 S. Fourth St., collapsed.

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