Historic 117-year-old Salisbury mill destroyed by massive fire

Historic 117-year-old Salisbury mill destroyed by massive fire

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 12:24 PM

Grimes Mill

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- A 117-year-old Salisbury mill was destroyed by a five-alarm fire late Wednesday night.

Rowan County officials told NBC Charlotte that numerous fire departments were fighting a raging fire at the Grimes Mill Museum on 600 North Church Street Wednesday night.

Dispatchers said that the first 911 call came in around 9:40 p.m. and crews arrived to find the building--built in 1896--fully engulfed.

(Click here to see photos from the scene)

There are no reports of injuries but firefighters were still working to contain the blaze well after midnight.  As of 5 a.m., crews were still trying to put out a few flames.  Six aerial fire trucks are on scene.

The five-story building has been owned by the Historic Salisbury Foundation since 1982 and hosted several events throughout the year as well as tours.

(Raw video of the fire)

"It's a very historic structure for our community," said Salisbury spokeswoman Elaney Hasselmann.  "It is one of the oldest Victorian structures in the state of this magnitude."

Firefighters do not yet know how the fire started, but a full investigation is set to begin at 9 a.m.

No other surrounding structures were damaged.

Historic roller mill equipment was inside, but crews were never able to enter the building.

"We have a very active historic society here...and they do great things in our community for history preservation," Hasselman added.  "This is one of their gems."

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