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Mill fire human-caused, officials say

Sweet Home Police Department is investigating the fire that destroyed the shipping and receiving office at the former Willamette Industries Sweet Home Mill.

The building, located at 2210 Tamarack St., burned Dec. 29. Firefighters and police officers responded to a report of the fire at 10:14 p.m. No one was injured while battling the blaze.

Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Battalion Chief Randy Whitfield said the cause of the fire remains undetermined but was probably human-caused, likely by transients. The building was vacant and had no power, and the fire district turned the inves...