- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Firefighters worked for hours to extinguish flames that engulfed an abandoned textile mill in Opelika.

News outlets report that the fire started late Tuesday afternoon at the Old Opelika Mill, also known as the Leshnor Mill.

Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller commended the fire crews for their work throughout the night to contain the fire, while remaining safe.

The Opelika-Auburn News (https://bit.ly/2fWwU4y) reports the mills on site served as the setting for the critically acclaimed movie, “Norma Rae,” released in 1979 and starring Sally Field and Beau Bridges.

Fuller says the building was in the process of being demolished. Half of the mill was already torn down, and demolition crews were scheduled to return in a few weeks to finish the job.

Officials have not said what caused the fire.

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