On November 25, 2023, the historic Carolina Mill building along the Haw River in Alamance County was destroyed by a pre-dawn fire. The fire was reported about 0403, and was fully-involved when volunteers arrived from nearby Faucette Township Station 17. Twelve fire departments from across Alamance County were on scene. An estimated one-million gallons of water was flowed during the defensive operations, which included aerial streams and water shuttles. Crews returned the next day, to extinguish rekindled hot spots. The former cotton mill was erected in 1869. The Carolina Mill fire was the second major fire in two weeks to destroy an old mill in Alamance County, following the Culp Weaving Plant fire in Graham on November 12. Both resulted in the arrest of individuals suspected of committing arson.

– Fire News photos by Mike Legeros