RANDLEMAN N.C. – Fire crews from across Randolph County are working to control a fire at the old Worthville Mill on Russell Walker Ave in Randleman as well as a woods fire near Worthville Beach.
At 3:57 p.m. fire crews from several departments were dispatched to the Worthville Mill, located at 216 Russell Walker Ave in Randleman for a commercial structure fire.
The three-story mill, which has been abandoned for several years, was fully involved. Randolph County Emergency Services reports that around twelve departments are on scene currently. Units are also working to control a woods fire near Worthville Beach, believed to have been started as a result of the fire at the mill.
Law enforcement has closed several roads around the fire and officials are urging residents to avoid the area.
Randolph News Now has received multiple reports from witnesses on-scene that the fire may have been started by homeless persons trying to stay warm inside the mill, but we have not been able to independently verify this at this time.
UPDATE 1/20/24 6:10 PM – Units on scene have called for NCDOT to respond to the area to shutdown multiple roads for an extended period of time. A road hazard was also reported at Worthville Rd and Pointe South Dr after crews reported water runoff from the fire-fighting efforts on the road was beginning to freeze.
Randolph County Emergency Services urges everyone to avoid the area.
This is a developing story; updates will be posted as they are made available.
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