Firefighters Battle Knitting Mill Blaze

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — It’s taking Cleveland firefighters hours to put out a blaze that destroyed an old knitting mill early Sunday morning.

Firefighters tell News 12 they got calls around 4:40 a.m. about heavy black smoke near Church Street.

They were on the scene in less than two minutes, but the fire had a big head start.

There were no reports of anyone inside of the building.

Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.

“The cause, we won’t be able to until we can get in,” said Battalion Chief Hank Pate, Cleveland Fire department. “You can see we’ve had a major structural collapse. The building’s collapsed into the basement. It’s really unsafe to get in there right now, so it’ll be awhile before we have anybody inside looking for cause and origin.”

Pate says the knitting mill shut down operations a couple of years ago.


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