Trion mill churns out the denim

A textile mill has been located on this site in Trion since 1845. Mt. Vernon Mills took over operations from Riegel Textile Corporation in 1985.

An October fire at Mount Vernon Mills in Trion was intentionally set, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced Wednesday.

The Chattooga County fire happened around 7:20 a.m. on Oct. 30. No one was injured but it caused several million dollars worth of damage to the 181-year-old, 1,000,000-square-foot plant. 

“Investigators determined that the fire originated on the first floor of the denim mill portion of the plant,” King said in a release. "Although operations shut down Friday morning, October 29th, several people were in the plant through the night."

A reward of up to $10,000 is offered by Georgia Arson Control for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the arson. Anyone with information is asked to call King's Fire Investigations Unit at 1-800-282-5804.

The state unit is assisting the Trion police and fire departments with the investigation. 

Trion Fire Chief Justin Lowe said about 100 firefighters from 19 fire departments in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama responded to the blaze, which took 27 hours to douse.

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