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WTAP gets exclusive look inside fire-damaged Ravenswood landmark

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:37 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:38 PM EDT
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RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (WTAP) - Katrena Ramsey, Parks and Recreaton Director of the City of Ravenswood says, of the MacIntosh building: “It’s our community building. It’s the heart of our town.”

And in the past week, Ravenswood leaders have felt heartbroken, over the loss of a part of that city since the late 1800′S, and a community building since the 1930′s.

One reason they believe it can survive, is that much of it survived the fire. We were able to shoot video of the inside of the building, the first look anyone outside the city had inside since the fire, from its second floor. As devastating as the fire was, it can still support people.

And as old as this building is, it was in use for public functions until just a couple of weeks ago.

“Most recently was May 22, when we had our music series. Johnny Staats played, and we all sat outside,” Ramsey told us. “We used our facilities inside, but it just suited us to sit outside; it was a beautiful day.”

Indeed, the MacIntosh building has been used for all sorts of public and private events, from weddings to birthdays.

That, and the building’s structural condition, is a reason why efforts have begun to have it restored.

“We would think there has to money out there, for something as important to the community as this project,” Ramsey says.

Mayor Josh Miller says, from the first reports of the fire, the city was contacted by state legislators, and by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s office.

“In terms of federal dollars, state dollars, anything we can do from our local budget,” Miller says, “we’re going to do what we can do to fix this. and make new memories.”

Efforts are under way to get local donations to use toward the restoration effort.

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WTAP was the first station to get video inside the historic Ravenswood McIntosh building, destroyed by fire 3.

We’ll have a look inside, and talk to officials about plans to rebuild the more than 100-year old structure, tonight at 5 and 6.

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