Well in the true spirit of Friday the 13th...this is the news in our town today. An old cotton mill near the downtown section is on fire. It burned once before in 1995 and looks like today should finish it off. You can see the 50 foot flames for miles. According to the news reports, it took only about an hour for the entire building to be englufed in flames. It was built in 1888.
There is also some awesome video from the local news station's helicopter's.
At this point, everything seems to be under control. They are monitoring the air quality since the site was found to be contaminated by metals and chemicals. There are a lot of homes in that area and an evacuation could be necessary if the air quality changes.
We do live out in a more rural part in the county so we aren't close to the danger. Although you can't help but worry about all those people in the area and the approximately 80 firefighters on the scene. There's another abandoned mill not too far from this one that also burned several years ago. You would think they would tear them down or renovate them to be used for something else to avoid things like this happening. If they sit there empty, they're just an accident waiting to happen. I do have some family that live near the fire...already called to make sure they are all okay. They have assured us that it's under control.
Maybe later I can post on a happier note. Let's keep our fingers crossed!