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Vacant Mill Burns Down in South Carolina

Exptected to be 2 to 3 Days Mopping Up

A LARGE, VACANT FORMER TEXTILE MILL in Spartanburg, South Carolina, burned down Saturday night and is expected to keep units on the scene for about two more days.

Herald-Journal / Kimzey

Known as the Saxon Mill, the massive 5-story building was constructed in 1906, but has been vacant for several years.  The fire was discovered around 9:45 pm Saturday and already had advanced considerably by the time the FD arrived.  Extra calls were placed for mutual aid from twelve more departments bringing over 100 firefighters to the scene.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports:

Spartanburg County Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Bryson said the fire, which was still raging close to 1 a.m. Sunday was called in about 9:50 p.m. Saturday. No cause has been determined.  Firefighters were making an aerial attack on the blaze, Bryson said, because going inside the building was too dangerous for the time being.

"Right now, they're just trying to contain it, trying to keep it from spreading to other structures," Bryson said. "It's cooled off. The rain is helping us some. The wood floors, soaked with oil, with 100 years of textile dust – those are always an issue with these mill fires."

Herald-Journal / Kimzey

No homes in the mill village were in immediate danger, Bryson said. No hazardous materials were inside the building.

WSPA-TV posted this raw video of the fire and another from the aftermath on Sunday:


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WSPA-TV adds:

Firefighters say the flames at the old, empty Saxon mill were contained early Sunday morning. Una Fire Chief Jeff Hadden said he does not believe this fire was accidental. He says it's hard to know if some vagrants were inside the old mill or maybe someone trying to steal copper. They may never know the exact cause, but he says it's definitely suspicious.

The Spartanburg County Delinquent Tax Sale was on Monday, Saxton Mill was on the list.

For more details and a photo gallery, visit:
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

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