Fighting the Fire

Firefighters stream water on a fire in a building at the old Social Circle Cotton Mills on Sunday afternoon, April 4, 2021, in Social Circle, Ga.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — An old mill structure in Social Circle caught fire Sunday afternoon.

The Social Circle Fire Department and Walton County Fire Rescue were dispatched to the structure off Cannon Drive, at about 2 p.m.

A cotton mill was located at the site from 1901 to 1982, according to a government report. It employed 225 people at its peak, making large cotton blend sheets.

A fire damaged more than half of the main building in 1994.

Chemicals, including PCBs, at the site have required government intervention.

Carter Jackson Inc. of Augusta owns the 3.84-acre site.

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