Authorities aren’t sure how a fire started Friday in a section of the abandoned and crumbling Pillsbury Mills site.
Springfield fire chief Allen Reyne says battling the fire was difficult because the building is in such dangerous condition. Reyne says the structure is on the department’s DUBS list… dangerous and unsafe buildings. That posed problems for firefighters and may also make it too hazardous for arson investigators to get inside and learn what happened.
Crews from Rochester and Sherman assisted in putting out the fire at the site, which has been criticized as a hazard and eyesore for years.