Fire behind Pio Nono Kroger destroys old cotton mill

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A fire broke out Thursday afternoon in the old Atlantic Cotton Mill behind the Kroger on Pio Nono Avenue, emitting a dark plume of smoke that could be seen from as far away as Mercer’s campus. The more than 100-year-old building, which had been planned to be converted into lofts, was almost totally destroyed.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said officials suspect the blaze was caused by a homeless person holding a campfire outside the building.

Cluster digital staffer Carl V. Lewis contributed to this report.

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