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Freeport mill fire started on third floor

Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of a massive fire that destroyed the historic Swany White flour mill in Freeport, Minn. The entire structure collapsed as bystanders filled the streets of the Central Minnesota town to watch the blaze, which could be seen for miles.
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A massive fire Tuesday evening destroyed the Swany White flour mill in Freeport, Minn. The entire structure collapsed as bystanders filled the streets of the Central Minnesota town to watch firefighters battle the flames, which could be seen for miles.

A reporter for the Sauk Centre Herald shot this video:

Firefighters say the blaze started on the third floor of the mill, though investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause.

The complex was built in 1897.

The St. Cloud Times has more on the story.

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