Firefighters spray water on the smoldering remains of an abandoned mill destroyed by fire. (March 7, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GROVER, NC (FOX Carolina) -
More than 100 firefighters spent much of Thursday evening battling a blaze that destroyed an abandoned mill in Grover.
The fire began about 5 p.m. at the old Cameron Mill near the intersection of Oak Street and Mulberry Road.
Grover Fire Chief Gary Burris said five fire departments from North Carolina and five fire departments from South Carolina were called in to fight the fire.
Burris said crews had to truck in water from about a quarter-mile away.
A woman who has lived in the area for more than 35 years said she is heartbroken about the destruction. She said the building has become a landmark for the community.
Burris said crews are still working to extinguish hot spots.
FOX Carolina crews said smoke still bellowed from what was left of the mill Friday morning.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.Grover Volunteer Fire Department officials said they believe a propane heater started the fire because the building's owner had left it on inside while he stepped outside to take a break. Firefighters said the owner had been inside working on the building.
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