Fire destroys old woolen mill in Oakland

Posted Jan. 24, 2010, at 1:44 p.m.

OAKLAND, Maine — The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that destroyed an old woolen mill in the central Maine town of Oakland.

Fire Chief David Coughlin said the blaze was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the former Cascade Woolen Mill. He said the fire was contained to the old mill’s main 5½-story wooden building, with the complex’s other four buildings being spared.

Coughlin said more than 100 firefighters from 13 area fire departments helped put out the fire. Nobody was injured.

The Cascade Woolen Mill was built in the 1880s, but shut its doors in the 1990s. The building was currently home to K-D Display & Design, which makes wooden display and store fixtures.