- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

TALLASSEE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say it’s too early to say what caused a fire that destroyed an east Alabama mill complex that supplied items to the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers tells the Opelika-Auburn News (https://bit.ly/1WcCcaN ) the state fire marshal’s office will investigate the fire at the old Mount Vernon mill in Tallassee.

A fire that began late Wednesday gutted the massive structure.

Rodgers say people have been trespassing at the mill since it closed in 2005, and crews have been salvaging bricks and timbers from structure. But it’s unknown whether either had anything to do with the fire.

The mill dates back to the 1840s on the bank of the Tallapoosa River in Tallassee. The site produced both cloth and guns for the Confederacy.

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