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A Monday morning fire destroyed what was left of a historic building in Brigham City and forced evacuation of a neighboring home.
Firefighters were able to quickly douse the flames licking at the house, but the former Baron Woolen Mills building at 56 N. 500 East, heavily damaged by a June 2014 blaze accidentally set by a teenager, was little more than one teetering wall as Monday dawned.
Brigham City Fire Marshal Mike Young said the fire, fought by Brigham City and other Box Elder County fire units, was reported about 2 a.m. Monday.
It took several hours to extinguish the blaze, but by sunrise firefighters were beginning cleanup as they watched for any flare-ups.
Baron Woolen Mills first arose at the site in 1870, erected by eventual LDS Church President Lorenzo Snow. The James Baron family bought the textile mill and ran it for more than a century, selling it in 1988. It went through several more sales, eventually being acquired in a foreclosure sale about a decade ago by Jim and Jaron Davis, of Salt Lake City.
Until the 2014 fire, the Davises had hoped to develop the mill as both a historic site and a home for an arts, technology and farmers market.
The cause of Monday's blaze remained under investigation, but it was considered suspicious in origin.
Young said the charred partial shell of the three-story brick and wood building will be demolished once an investigation is completed.
Damage to the house, a residential structure remodeled into several apartments, was limited to the roofing and was estimated at no more than $5,000.