Raw video above from Celest Snyder from a fire that began yesterday (Saturday) and continued burning today at the old Barwick Mills building in LaFayette, Georgia. There were a number of explosions during the fire, including one below captured by Tyler Bishop.
Fire led to electrical explosions at the old Barwick Mills in LaFayette on Saturday afternoon, sending the historic mill into flames, where officials say latex was being stored. The mill ceased operations in the early ‘90s.
According to LaFayette city manager David Hamilton, LaFayette police corporal Nicholas Terry spotted smoke coming from the building shortly before 2 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Old Barwick Mills located on McLemore Street.
The old plant ceased operation in the early to mid 1990s, Hamilton said. It used to make textiles. The southern half of the old plant was being leased out, and a fire wall separated the southern and northern halves. As of Saturday evening, the fire had been confined to the southern half.
Authorities aren’t sure what was in the building, making putting it out difficult. Saturday evening firefighters were letting the fire burn out, and Hamilton said crews would soon begin knocking down the building’s walls so they wouldn’t collapse on either the firefighters or the adjacent train tracks.