Flames shot out of a former mill in Grover for hours Thursday night.
The fire began around 5 p.m. Smoke can still be seen billowing from the mill Friday afternoon.
"That's the first place I ever worked," Charlie Anderson said. "I just hate to see history go down the drain like that."
Anderson said he worked at the old mill when it was called the Cameron Plant. He lives nearby and watched from his neighbor's porch as firefighters worked for hours to get the massive fire under control.
Firefighters were still on the scene Friday monitoring and investigating the fire.
"Basically the entire building was caught on fire, and it was close to catching the home on fire next to it," Amanda Jenkins said. "But they kept it under control."
Jenkins' boyfriend was among around 100 firefighters battling the flames. The former mill has been used recently as a warehouse, stockpiled with hay. It's usually food for livestock, but Thursday night it was just fuel for the fire. Firefighters were also challenged by the water supply.
"There is actually a hydrant, but the fire has been so big they're draining it," Michael Crocker, who lives nearby, said. "They're going everywhere they can just to get water for this."
Firefighters told Eyewitness News low water pressure was to blame. The town was not prepared for a fire of that intensity.
"It's heart-wrenching ... it's awful ... that's history. Now all we have is burnt. There's nothing left," Crocker said.
Firefighters worked tirelessly to make sure that the fire didn't take any lives with it. They evacuated nearby homes.
"It worries all of the other halves of the firemen," Jenkins said. "Of course we're scared that something could go wrong."
The fire marshal’s office still has an investigator on the scene. They are looking into the possibility that a space heater may have been involved, but an official cause has not been announced.