A four-alarm fire engulfed multiple buildings at the Strathmore Mills on Woronoco Road in Russell.
Multiple fires at the vacant Strathmore buildings over the last several years prompted the State Fire Marshal’s office to offer a reward back in 2020.
Fire officials told Western Mass News that they expect to be on scene through the night working to put out the fire and hot spots on one of the buildings, which has completely collapsed.
Blandford Fire Chief David Mottor to the news outlet that when crews arrived, they found heavy fire on all four floors and starting to go through the roof.
The fire started in Mill #3 in the Woronoco section of town but eventually spread across the street to Mill #1.
More than a dozen fire departments across western Massachusetts, as well as Westover Air Reserve Base, responded.