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AFD crew spots fire at old Flint River plant

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany firefighters at the city fuel depot to gas-up a truck saw smoke, and swung into action to fight a fire at the former Flint River Textiles Plant on 11th Avenue and North Monroe Street.

Officials found the flames inside an elevator shaft that is approximately four stories tall, as crews were salvaging old elevator equipment.

Firefighters said they have the fire contained, but smoke was still coming out of the building. they say that smoke is not harmful.

"The biggest issue we are facing is the top elevator doors are closed. So we are not able to introduce water in at that level. So we are putting it in and trying to attempt steam conversion and other methods to try to extinguish it," Battalion Chief Kelly Harcrow.

More than 60 Aspire behavioral health center participants who use the old mill office building were evacuated, but no one was hurt.

AFD says that cotton fiber that had built up over 120 years of textile-making ignited when workers were using a torch to remove old gear. The flames started in the wall and spread to the roof.

The building, built in 1891, had been under demolition and salvage for the  last seven years.

No streets were reported blocked in the area.

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