Investigators probe fire at historic mill

Investigators probe fire at historic mill

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Nicole Gonzales reporting Investigators are trying to figure out what started the fire that ripped through portions of a historic building in American Fork.

The fire started last night at the Star Mill. Crews say they managed to save the main building.

A lot of people in American Fork are relieved that mill was saved. It's 100 years old and a landmark of sorts in the city.

While the main mill building was saved, not everything could be salvaged.

Chief Jay Christensen of the American Fork Fire Department said, "Most of the buildings destroyed were corrugated steel, just warehousing old antique-type things inside the buildings."

American Fork and Lone Peak firefighters arrived on scene at about 7:30 last night. Police blocked off 100 East for about three hours while firefighters fought the flames. The fire was contained by 9:30 p.m.

As we mentioned, the mill has been a fixture in the community. It is used for gatherings, including a holiday celebration that was held on Saturday.

Although no dollar figure has been released on the damage, firefighters say many of the mill's buildings are gone now.

No one was injured in this fire. Officials say there's no reason to believe the fire was arson, but an investigation is ongoing.

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