HCC fire ruled accidental
The blaze that left the sawmill at Haywood Community College in ruins the night of Nov. 12 has been ruled accidental, authorities say.
Det. Tony Cope with the Haywood County Sheriff's Office said a construction crew was inside the sawmill earlier that day moving equipment and using torches to cut bolts when a small fire started.
"They had a small fire and extinguished it with water and stayed around a while to make sure it was out," Cope said.
But the saw dust inside the mill likely caused the fire to rekindle just hours after they left.
Because of the accidental nature of the fire, he said no one will be charged with any crime.
Maggie Valley business owner Kyle Edwards was the major buyer at a September auction when the sawmill equipment was sold.
His plan was to relocate the equipment, ...