A massive fire has engulfed historic buildings at the old Avondale Mills compound in Sylacauga. Officials believe the fire was sparked by a lightning strike from a thunderstorm that moved through the area around noon. The fire began around 12:15 p.m. and is still burning, despite heavy rains.
Although the mill was closed several years ago, five people were inside the building working to demolish the building when the fire began. All five workers made it out of the building safely and no injuries have been reported from the fire.
Some of the wood inside the mill is more than 100 years old, and the chemicals used to treat the wood made it more flammable. Dust and other leftover debris from the building's days as a textile factory also added to the fuel for the flames.
Nearly 50 firefighters responded to the scene and have been battling the blaze for hours. The smoke from the fire was visible for at least six miles and even showed up on the Fox6 Storm Tracker radar.
Watch our 6 p.m. and late evening news for updates on the fire in Sylacauga.
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