Vacant mill in Russell on fire for fourth time since June

Hampden County

RUSSELL, Mass. (WWLP) – Crews were called to another fire at the former Strathmore Mill on Valley View Avenue in Russell early Thursday morning.

Massachusetts State Police confirmed the fire at the vacant mill with 22News around 1 a.m. This is the fourth time since June that firefighters had been called to a fire at that location.

The fire in June destroyed Building #2. It was followed by another fire in July, and another in early November.

The photos below were sent by a viewer in Russell and shows heavy fire and smoke in the area.

Firefighters were challenged by a lack of water at the site, and tanker trucks had to be called in from multiple local departments to help. The cause of this latest fire has not yet been determined.

In June, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services deemed that first fire to be suspicious, and have offered a reward for information to help solve the case.

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