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Fire destroys historic home, landmark in Caroline

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 CAROLINE (WAOW) -- Authorities investigate a fire that destroys a historic landmark in western Shawano County. A mill that has been in Caroline since the 1800's was converted into a home and antique store.

 Firefighters from Grant arrived shortly after 10:00 Saturday night where they found the home consumed by fire.

 "The fire kept crawling, it was jumping up into the walls, it kept jumping up," says Grant fire chief John Henselin.

 Grant firefighters attempted to control the blaze, with help from four other departments.

 "It kept crawling up, once the fire got up to the third floor up on the roof, the guys hung up there as long as they could. Then went into a defensive attack."

 The fire chief says the blaze was overwhelming.

 "It was probably one of the largest fires I've ever been on. I mean we went through a lot of water, probably half a million gallons the structure. She was going pretty good."

 Neighbors couldn't believe what they were seeing.

 "The flames were on the upper level, on all the windows, smoke was coming out. They were powering water and had bright lights on it. Just quite a sight," says Ken Huebner.

 The building was originally a flour mill.

Now, hundreds of years of history stand scorched.

 "This has been quite a landmark for this town," Huebner adds.

The Grant fire chief says No injuries were reported in the fire.

Online Reporter: Patrick Manning

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