Fire destroys old mill

                                                    Photo by Christy Porter
The rubbled remains of the old mill in Raymondville.

By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

Fire engulfed a cinder block building in Raymondville late Thursday evening into early Friday morning. The building last housed The Wood Mill, dealing in lumber, molding and flooring, at Highways B and 137. Firefighters from Raymondville, City of Houston, Houston Rural and Licking fire departments fought the blaze until it was brought under control, with the building considered a total loss.
John Wallace with the City of Houston Fire Department said while the walls were constructed of cinder blocks, there were bundles of old wood still remaining in the large structure. The fire still burning as of Saturday morning was considered contained with no further damage being expected. All surrounding areas where in no danger. The fire started on the rear side of the building and consumed the whole length.
The Raymondville water tower was drained twice with water then brought in from Houston. Approximately 50,000 gallons of water were used in containing the fire.
                                          Photo by Christy Porter
As of Saturday morning remains of 
wood products in the building were still burning; 
cracked cinder blocks are seen behind the flames.

“Heat from the fire cracked the cinder blocks, that, with the cold temperatures, caused the blocks to come down,” said Wallace. “Strong winds hindered the firefighters as well.” Rubble surrounded the smoldering remains and as of Sunday, a smoky haze still drifted over Raymondville.

                                                                Photo by Christy Porter
The Wood Mill in October, 2018; vacant but still a landmark.



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