Frederick County fire crews helped battle a blaze early Thursday near the historic district in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Firefighters from Jefferson County, West Virginia, Loudoun County, Virginia, and Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland were among the crews that went to the fire in the town’s business district.

At least two buildings were damaged in the blaze, which was reported just after 3 a.m. in the 100 block of High Street.

Four units from the Jefferson and Adamstown fire companies were dispatched to help fight the fire at 3:29 a.m., shortly after the emergency call was received by the Jefferson County, West Virginia, Emergency Communications Center.

Additional Frederick County units from Braddock Heights, Spring Ridge, Emmitsburg and New Market were dispatched around 7 a.m. to provide relief and extra manpower.

The units remained on scene to help clean up, said Lt. Keith Hubble, a spokesman for the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. He said about 20 firefighters from Frederick County went to the blaze.

The fire caused delays at the Harpers Ferry MARC station. The Maryland Transit Administration encouraged commuters to board trains at the Duffield station or Brunswick.

Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management issued a “boil water” notice for Lower Town Harpers Ferry.

Harpers Ferry Mayor Gregory Vaughn told The Associated Press the fire destroyed seven or eight businesses in one building and damaged an adjacent restaurant. No one was hurt.

The buildings were constructed in the 1800s. The commercial area is adjacent to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. A dollar loss was not immediately determined.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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What a shame, I enjoyed that section on several occasions and loved sitting out on the back porch to eat or have a drink.

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