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    Posted July 25, 2015 by
    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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    TenFold Fair Trade Company Destroyed In Historic Harpers Ferry Fire


    A three alarm fire was called to Harpers Ferry Historic District around 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning, July 23 2015.
    At least eight business's and two apartments were destroyed.
    The buildings were built in the 1800's and date back to the Civil War and before.


    There were no physical injuries but the mental trauma will no doubt be long lasting.


    Friday afternoon my husband, grandson and I went into  old town to see what damage had been done to our favorite places.


    After  walking around with a heavy heart I stopped at TenFold Fair Trade and  saw Martha Ehlman the  proprietor as well as our neighbor on the  mountain, standing in the doorway.
    Emotions were high as we both hugged and discussed the events the last twenty-four hours.


    Tenfold  Fair Trade Collection is dedicated to the principles of the fair trade  system of exchange. We are affiliated with fair trade organizations that  guarantee fair wages to artisans for their work. We provide our  customers with fun and practical products which make creative use of  many recycled materials. Every effort is made to use recycled or  sustainable materials, from consignment finds for our displays, to our  handmade cabinetry, crafted of local pine. All of our packaging and  wrapping consist of reused or 100% post consumer waste. We are as  committed to the care of our planet as we are to the care of our global  neighbors.


    There were other  patrons stopping by to  give words of encouragement, with tears in their  eyes but it seemed Martha was giving us words of encouragement , always  smiling and giving FairTrade chocolate to the kids.
    She is a remarkable lady.


    After the others dispersed my grandson and I went in the shop with Martha and she allowed me to photograph some of the damage.
    The  air was thick with the smell of the fire. It was all I could do to see  the devastation of the beautiful art  and handiwork from all over the  world, all destroyed. everything gone.....


    The same for the other business's and two apartments that were ravaged as well.


    This is very personal for the community of Harpers Ferry.
    We will pull together to rebuild and stand with our neighbors and friends.
    Harpers Ferry will rise from the ashes once again.


    Photography Janie Lambert

    July 24 2015

    Historic District Harpers Ferry WV

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