Fire damages historic Laurel mill

December 20, 1991

An early morning fire yesterday caused $250,000 damage to a historic mill in Laurel, Prince George's County fire officials said.

The fire at the Avondale Mill on Avondale Road began at 6:30 a.m. It took more than 100 firefighters, hampered by a below-zero wind chill that caused icy conditions, about 45 minutes to put the fire out.

The mill, located on the banks of the Patuxent River, was in use during the Civil War period. The city of Laurel, which had plans to renovate the historic building, recently appraised it at $1 million.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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