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‘This is sad day for town’

“This is a sad day for the Town of Pulaski,” Mayor Jeff Worrell said at the beginning of Tuesday evening’s Pulaski Town Council work session.
“We’re devastated by the loss of our historic train station and the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum,” he said.
Worrell said he knows the public is wondering whether the building that was destroyed by fire early Monday will be restored and what will be the potential fate of the planned new building that is to house the museum. However, he said town officials do not have enough information yet to answer any of the questions at this point.
“If there is a silver lining in this situation, it’s the response we’ve received,” Worrell said, noting that the town has received assistance and offers of assistance from “all over” since the fire.
He commended the response of several dozen firefighters from Pulaski, Draper, Dublin and Newbern fire departments who helped with the firefighting effort, as well as security provided by Pulaski Police Department, medical standby Monday morning by Regional Emergency Medical Services (REMSI), assistance of town staff in various forms, and the Town of Blacksburg and Virginia Department of Historic Resources for helping with the salvage and restoration of historic items.
He noted that many letters of thanks will be going out to those who assisted and offered assistance in the town’s time of need.
After about half an hour of updates on the fire and preservation efforts, Worrell added, “Nineteen years ago, we lost our courthouse. That story had a happy ending, and I’m confident this one will too.”
He was referring to the fact the town was able to restore the courthouse despite heavy fire damage.

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‘This is sad day for town’

“This is a sad day for the Town of Pulaski,” Mayor Jeff Worrell said at the beginning of Tuesday evening’s Pulaski Town Council work session.
“We’re devastated by the loss of our historic train station and the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum,” he said.
Worrell said he knows the public is wondering whether the building that was destroyed by fire early Monday will be restored and what will be the potential fate of the planned new building that is to house the museum. However, he said town officials do not have enough information yet to answer any of the questions at this point.
“If there is a silver lining in this situation, it’s the response we’ve received,” Worrell said, noting that the town has received assistance and offers of assistance from “all over” since the fire.
He commended the response of several dozen firefighters from Pulaski, Draper, Dublin and Newbern fire departments who helped with the firefighting effort, as well as security provided by Pulaski Police Department, medical standby Monday morning by Regional Emergency Medical Services (REMSI), assistance of town staff in various forms, and the Town of Blacksburg and Virginia Department of Historic Resources for helping with the salvage and restoration of historic items.
He noted that many letters of thanks will be going out to those who assisted and offered assistance in the town’s time of need.
After about half an hour of updates on the fire and preservation efforts, Worrell added, “Nineteen years ago, we lost our courthouse. That story had a happy ending, and I’m confident this one will too.”
He was referring to the fact the town was able to restore the courthouse despite heavy fire damage.

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