A fire broke out at Mills Manufacturing in Earlville Wednesday morning. The Earlville Fire Department was called out shortly after 8 o’clock to the large industrial building along Old Highway 20 on the east end of town for a report of Mills’ production department fully engulfed in flames. Another call was quickly put out for mutual aid, which was provided by numerous fire departments, including Manchester, Dyersville, Delaware, Delhi, Greeley, Edgewood and Farley. Old Highway 20 was blocked off as emergency crews worked, and the Manchester ladder truck could be seen extended to the top of the building. Onlookers say you couldn’t see flames from outside, but initially there was a thick, black smoke that poured from building. Smoke damage is visible around the building’s windows and vents, as well as along the top of the building. Carl Strong, CEO of the Mills Group companies, spoke with KMCH News Director Janelle Tucker at the scene.
No one was injured. Strong says the situation could have been much worse.
The majority of the firefighters spent about two hours at the scene, checking that the smoke was contained and not in other areas of the building. Strong says they are accessing the damage to see when they may be able to resume operations at Mills. (Photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)