Hillsborough mill fire ruled ‘suspicious’

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities said the fire that destroyed part of a historic Hillsborough mill Friday has been deemed “suspicious.”

The actual cause of the fire is still undetermined.

“We know about where the fire started and what was there and what wasn’t,” Hillsborough Fire Marshal Jerry Wagner said.

Hillsborough police are investigating leads connected to the fire.

Wagner said the property has been released to its owner but reminds the public it is not safe.

“They realize people are curious, but curiosity doesn’t give anybody permission to trespass or take anything,” he said. “This is private property, and any theft or trespassing will be prosecuted.”

Large plumes of black smoke could be seen around 5 p.m. Friday billowing from the downtown building near the intersection of Nash and Calvin streets.

By Saturday evening, officials said the fire was “99 percent out.”

The northernmost part of a 30,000 square foot building caught fire, causing the roof to collapse.

Anyone with additional information, including video of the fire that may show something of significance, is asked to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 919-241-4801 or Hillsborough Police Department’s Lt. Scott Nicolaysen at 919-732-9381, ext. 30.

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