Fire at HCC leaves sawmill in ruins

By Caroline Klapper | Nov 14, 2012
Photo by: Caroline Klapper Investigators document what is left of the sawmill on Tuesday.

United States — With the ruins of the old sawmill building still smoldering on the Haywood Community College campus, work has already begun to find out what might have caused the blaze that destroyed the building Monday night.

A nearby resident called in the fire at 9:40 p.m. Monday, and by the time the Junaluska Fire Department arrived on the scene, Chief Charles Wood said the building was already “fully involved.”

He said the glow of the fire could be seen in the sky from the hill just past Tuscola High School as they approached.

“It had been burning for a little while,” Wood said. “In the state it was in when we got there, there wasn’t a whole lot we could do other than stand back and put out what was left.”

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