Photo Story: Fire Engulfs Former Ohio Woolen Mill

Fire quickly spread throughout the century-old building in Desden as firefighters battled cold weather conditions.


Shortly before 11 p.m. on Jan. 21, the Dresden Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a call for smoke coming from the old Longaberger Company corporate office.

Fire quickly spread throughout the century-old building. The Frazeysburg Volunteer Fire Department was immediately called for mutual aid.  

Firefighters faced temperatures in the single digits as they worked the fire overnight. At least one hydrant was found to be frozen.

Once a woolen mill, the company had been used for manufacturing and then as corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Company.  The building had sat vacant for a number of years, but a small wrought iron company had recently began using a portion of the building.

The fire was reported just hours before the five year anniversary of the multi-alarm fire which destroyed the village's grocery store. Since then, the DVFD has fought a string a fires of unknown origins. The cause of this current fire is still under investigation.