MATOAKA, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin encouraged residents of the Mercer County town of Matoaka Tuesday to get the debris from a four-building fire removed soon.

“The most important thing I told them is to get it cleaned up as quickly as possible,” Manchin told MetroNews after touring the site of last Friday’s fire. “Because if not, it’s an eyesore and people lose enthusiasm, they lose confidence that anything will be done.”

The blaze, which investigators have said was intentionally set, ripped through the downtown area of the small town. Sen. Manchin said each building was privately owned. He said if those owners agree to turn the properties over to a public entity, like a development authority, federal funds to redevelop the area could be available.

“It’s much easier for us to help using federal funds if it’s owned by public and not by private, so we’re going that route first,” Manchin said.

The senator added he’s hopeful the state’s Mainstreet program can get involved with the redevelopment.

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Comments

  • Ricky

    The entire town burns down and causes $350 worth of damage.

  • WV TRAVALER

    THIS TOWN IS DEAD AND HAS BEEN FOR YEARS. THERE IS PROBABLY LESS THAN 100 PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE. THERE IS NO JOBS IN THIS TOWN. THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE HAVE TO, THEY HAVE NO OTHER PLACE TO GO. THESE BUILDINGS THAT BURNED BELONG TO THE MAYOR. THESE BUILDINGS THAT BURNED SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONDEMNED YEARS AGO.

    • Mazie

      If its the Mayors why isn't he there looking after them...what a Mayor!!! letting the building go down...Shame! Shame! be example if you Please!!!

  • Dumb Liberals

    The state's mainstreet program is a one-way street to nowhere! Believe it or not, fire is the urban renewal agent that actually works.

  • Justin

    We need less government, not more. The properties being owned by the Govt. is not the answer in my opinion. The Govt. doesn't need to control more than it already does. We are a capitalistic nation and not socialistic. Let's keep it that way!

  • MyView

    Manchin, Harry Reid's shower boy

  • mark

    The same old democrat answer lets throw some tax payer money at it.

  • WV worker

    “The most important thing I told them is to get it cleaned up as quickly as possible,” Manchin told MetroNews after touring the site of last Friday’s fire. “Because if not, it’s an eyesore and people lose enthusiasm, they lose confidence that anything will be done.”

    Hey Joe, we're still trying to tear down your mess. Guess what, it's still an eyesore