Old S. Royalton Mill Up in Flames

A front page of the White River Valley Herald, 50 years ago this week.

From The Herald archive: 50 years ago this month an old South Royalton building was destroyed by flames.

Here’s a front page story from The White River Valley Herald, April 25, 1968:

A landmark of South Royalton’s past, still the home of a small manufactory, was destroyed Wednesday morning when the old wooden mill went up in flames.

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The building sat across from the first branch of the White River on the highway to Chelsea, a half mile up from route 14.

The fire was discovered about 7:15 in the morning among some shipping cartons on the main floor and quickly spread throughout the old building which became a mass of flames. The heat was intense as far away as the highway across the river, and it took hardly more than an hour for the building to be burned to the ground.

The slabs and grass across the river ignited in the heat.

The firetrucks which answered the alarm had to be pulled back from the fire and the department lost some hoses that ignited from the intense heat.

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