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      Work on memorial for the Charleston 9 is still in progress

      The former Sofa Super Store is now a designated memorial site that has nine markers, like the one shown above, in the ground in memory of the brave men. (File photo/WCIV)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- Five years after nine firefighters perished in the massive Sofa Super Store fire, the future of the fire's site is still uncertain.The Firefighter Memorial Commission was created to decide what to do with the land.The city bought it in April 2008 for $1.85 million dollars. Committee members say its still a work in progress. "The phase two conceptual idea was presented to the mayor and approved, however now we're going back and re-talking things now some families want to keep it the way it is," said commission member Mark Ruppel. "So we're going to try to get a consensus with all the families and make the improvements they want."Despite the site's uncertain future, one group is raising money for whatever the commission decides.The Charleston Firefighter Association hopes through fundraising events, they can contribute to the site's future as well."We're kind of in the middle of raising money for the next phase," said Nick Daymut with the CFA. "There's been discussions from everything of essentially leaving it as a park, to moving forward and building some sort of structure out there."Fire department officials say the improvements already made to the site were paid for by the city.

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