Lightning sparked blaze that burned historic cotton mill in Forsyth, fire chief says

  • Source: Macon Telegraph
  • Published: 06/12/2018 08:26 AM

A passing thunderstorm sparked a fire Monday night in an old cotton mill in Forsyth. Just after 8 p.m., firefighters were called to the Newton Mill Properties building on Adams Street, not far from the railroad tracks, Fire Chief David Herndon said. "We feel positive that it was a lightning strike," Herndon said Tuesday morning. "We found where the lighting entered the building and started the contents underneath on fire." The old cotton mill built in the mid-1800s was most recently used to manufacture yarn, but none of the machinery was destroyed as the flames were contained to a storage area loaded with plastic pallets, he said. Flames were not shooting out of the roof, but thick smoke filled the building before firefighters arrived. "It was a pretty dangerous situation because you could absolutely see nothing," Herndon said.


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