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UPDATE: Latest from the Richlands food pantry fire

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RICHLANDS (WVVA) - It could be several weeks before a local food pantry is able to restart its distribution program.

Investigators with the Virginia Fire Marshal's Office have sealed off two gaping holes created by the fire last week at the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Richlands.

No one is being allowed in.

The setback will impact about 1,600 families.

Volunteers tell us Tuesday would have been one of the pantry's bi-monthly distribution days.

If you'd like to help replenish the pantry serve the impacted families, you can donate non-perishable food items at WVVA Studios in Bluefield or Grants Supermarket in Tazewell or Richlands.

Click for more details on the food drive

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RICHLANDS (WVVA) - Investigators were on scene Friday, hours after the Good Samaritan Food Pantry was destroyed by fire.

The fire began around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Based on the preliminary investigation, authorities say the fire was accidental and appears to have been electrical in nature.

Ralph Mullins, manager of the pantry, says the building is a complete loss.

Mullins said the remaining food that was salvageable will be given out near the Richlands Police Department later Friday.

WVVA's Caroline Bach was in Richlands this morning and will have more on WVVA News at Noon.

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