Raging Fire in S.C. Destroys Upstate Mill

July 11, 2007

A fire at a Spartanburg County mill raged back to life Monday, destroying a large part of the mostly abandoned buildings.

More than 100 firefighters fought the blaze after it started Sunday at the Old Jackson Mill in Wellford. They stayed on the scene after the fire reignited, eventually collapsing most of the roof of the old mill, which closed in 1997.

The mill site does still contain two small companies, but they were closed the week of July 4, officials said.

There have been no serious injuries, although one firefighter suffered a wrist injury and several have been treated for heat exhaustion, authorities said.

At least 28 Upstate fire departments with 16 tanker trucks helped fight the fire, officials said.

Firefighters expect it will take at least a week to put the fire out.

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