Monday night, crews battled a blaze inside the Forsyth Yarn Mill. Forsyth Fire Chief David Herndon says it was caused by a lightning strike.
“That light fixture blew off -- I think the lightning blew that apart, that’s not normally hanging," says owner of the mill, Gilbert Stroupe.
According to Stroupe, it used to be a cotton mill, but he's been operating it as a yarn mill for the last few years.
He only has three employees, who he gave Tuesday off. Luckily, they still have jobs, because the fire didn't do too much damage.
"None of the equipment I run was damaged," says Stroupe.
Stroupe says just scrap yarn was burned and there was some water damage to the floor.
Chief Herndon says the yarn mill isn’t the only business on or near the downtown square that’s seen fire damage in recent years.
In 2012, dozens of onlookers watched as the popular Grits Café went up in smoke, and just this past April, Flowers by Helen, just a few doors down from Grits, was destroyed by flames, too.
Troupe says in those cases, and for his own building, he’s thankful to the crews that helped extinguish the flames.
“I’d like to express my appreciation to the firefighters and police of Forsyth and Monroe County for the professionalism to get this fire out quick and save this building," says Stroupe.
Stroupe says he expects to be back in operation Wednesday.