Fairfax Mill fire in Valley, AL was an illegal burn

VALLEY, AL (WTVM) – New details are underway following the Fairfax Mill fire in Valley, AL on Wednesday.

According to the Chambers County Commissioner Debbie Wood, the controlled burn was not permitted and was, therefore, an illegal burn.

"The owner did put it on fire, they didn't have the right to do that, ADM did not give them the permit to do that," said Wood

According to the East Alabama District Fire Chief Neal Marberry, the fire got so out of hand it could take up to a week to completely clear all the smoke from the area.

"The issue becomes the concrete slabs, there are some concrete slabs that are four inches thick on top of the burning Debris. It's going to be very difficult to access," said Chief Marberry.

Chief Neal said if anything like asbestos were inside the building, it would be all burned up, and will not pose a threat to the public.

The majority of the mill has been demolished. Due to high winds and other factors, the fire could not be contained enough to salvage the building.

No injuries were reported.

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