WEST PARIS, Maine (AP) — A West Paris building that burned down this week was once home to the last manufacturer of wooden clothes pins in the U.S.
The Penley Mill was West Paris’ biggest employer from 1923 until it closed in 2002.
The building was destroyed in a fire that broke out early Tuesday morning. Investigators say they will not be able to determine what caused the fire because of the extensive damage.
The mill was leased by the owners of a fireworks store nearby, but officials say there were no fireworks in the building.
The Fire Marshal’s office says that the building was in compliance with code regarding distance to nearby structures and that helped prevent flames from spreading to a fireworks storage building.