On The Job - Michigan: 9-Alarm Fire Destroys Clinton Mill

Jay K. Bradish reports on a nine-alarm blaze with firefighters from nine departments responding to the scene.


Firefighters from nine departments responded to a nine-alarm fire that destroyed a 119-year-old mill in Clinton on April 16, 2007. The four-story Woolen Mill was constructed in 1866 and processed fleece from cleaning to producing wool cloth or fabric. The structure was destroyed by a fire in 1886...


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Keezer declared the fire under control at 10:41 A.M., although crews extinguished hot spots for two days after the fire. The Chelsea and Cambridge fire departments provided standby coverage and crews at the scene during the next day. An estimated 2.4 million gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire from drafting operations and the municipal water system. Ninety-four firefighters from nine departments, including six departments in Lenawee County and three departments in Washtenaw County, responded to the scene.

JAY K. BRADISH/IFPA, Firehouse® news editor, is a former captain in the Bradford Township, PA, Fire Department. He has been a volunteer firefighter and fire photographer for more than 25 years.