A textile mill that was built five years before the Titanic sank and was once featured in a national news magazine was destroyed in a two-alarm blaze Monday night near Lincolnton, officials say.
The fire blackened the old Massapoag Mill, in the 400 block of Massapoag Road. No injuries were reported.
According to magazine and book archives, the mill was built in 1907. It closed about 40 years ago.
The blaze was reported shortly before 6 p.m., Lincolnton fire officials say. Firefighters found flames and smoke coming from the building, and officials say the old mill was heavily involved with flames.
A second alarm was sounded, and crews from five fire departments were called in. About 50 firefighters battled the blaze for nearly five hours.
The mill was the subject of a Time magazine article in the Sept. 12, 1960 edition. According to the article, the Massapoag Mill was the first in the country to be outfitted with Japanese-made machinery.
The building had been abandoned in recent years, fire officials say.
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