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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Gregory Rec | of | Share this photo

    A Sanford firefighter sprays water into the mill that caught fire Friday in Sanford. The building is unstable so investigators haven't been able to enter it.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Derek Davis | of | Share this photo

    Smoke rises from flare-ups as firefighters continue to work Saturday morning in Sanford.

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    Sanford Fire Chief Steve Benotti talks to the media outside the mill that burned on Friday. The rear building is the one that burned, and officials said that the fire was set by three boys.

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    Paul Bock, co-owner of Black Sheep Archery on Cottage Street, sweeps up embers from the fire on Saturday morning. Bock said that at one point, donut sized embers were falling from the sky.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Peter Cutrer | of | Share this photo

    Firefighters from 20 communities work to extinguish a blaze at a mill building in Sanford on Friday. This photo was taken from a drone.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Derek Davis | of | Share this photo

    A red X marks the entrance to the front building of a vacant mill complex on River Street in Sanford.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Derek Davis | of | Share this photo

    Firefighters continue to work at the scene of a large fire at a vacant mill complex on River Street in Sanford on Saturday.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Kevin Harmon | of | Share this photo

    The fire at a vacant mill building in Sanford created intense heat.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Derek Davis | of | Share this photo

    Spruce Street saw plenty of visitors Saturday viewing the scene of fire at a vacant mill complex on River Street in Sanford.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Brianna Soukup | of | Share this photo

    A vacant mill building caught fire in Sanford on Friday evening resulting in a five-alarm fire.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Warren Royea | of | Share this photo

    Warren Royea, who lives across from the mill in Sanford, noticed the fire around 6:45 p.m. and notified a police officer who had just made a traffic stop nearby. The fire quickly engulfed the building.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Kevin Harmon | of | Share this photo

    Crews from 20 communities helped Sanford fight the blaze.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Warren Royea | of | Share this photo

    Warren Royea, who lives across from the mill, said the fire moved rapidly. “It didn’t take long at all. It spread in minutes.”

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Anthony Oppedisano | of | Share this photo

    Smoke billowed from the vacant mill building Friday.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Kevin Harmon | of | Share this photo

    Firefighters from at least six communities helped fight the fire at a Sanford mill Friday.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Kevin Harmon | of | Share this photo

    The fire at a vacant Sanford mill on Friday sent smoke hundreds of feet into the air.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Kevin Harmon | of | Share this photo

    The neighborhood in Sanford where a mill burned Friday was covered in ash from the blaze.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of Warren Royea | of | Share this photo

    Warren Royea, who lives across from the mill, said of the fire, “I heard it before I saw it.”

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Photo courtesy of WCSH TV | of | Share this photo

    A major fire blazed through a mill in Sanford on Friday night.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Brianna Soukup | of | Share this photo

    Onlookers gather to watch as firefighters work to put out the five-alarm fire in a vacant mill on River Street in Sanford on Friday evening.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Brianna Soukoup | of | Share this photo

    The fire at a vacant Sanford mill Friday drew a multitude of onlookers, many of whom posted videos and photos on social media.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Bob Keyes | of | Share this photo

    Smoke continued to pour from the building as firefighters doused it with water.

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    Fire engulfs Sanford mill - Staff photo by Derek Davis | of | Share this photo

    Firefighters continue to douse a fire at a vacant mill in Sanford as night falls Friday.

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