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Massive fire destroys historic flour mill

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.
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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.

The complex was built in 1897.

The St. Cloud Times was at the scene covering the story.

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