Martinsburg store with 90-year history cleaning up after fire

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A popular hardware store in business for decades in the Eastern Panhandle is recovering from a fire.

The Martinsburg Fire Department went to Boltz Hardware at 500 Winchester Avenue at 7:22 Monday evening. On scene, they found flames coming from a second floor window. The fire was contained to the second floor, which was used for storage.

Submitted by Luke Loy

The store’s Facebook page provided updates about two locally-famous store cats, Greyson and Tuff. Both were found unharmed within hours of the blaze.

“Thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts,” the post reads. “We will update everyone when we know more.”

According to their website, Boltz hit 90 years of serving the Eastern Panhandle’s hardware an gardening needs in 2019. They are also known for their customer service, classic candy, flags and wide selection of WVU merchandise.

The cause of the fire remains unclear.

This story will be updated