Firefighters Extinguish Overnight Blaze at Longmont’s Abandoned Sugar Factory
A fire broke out inside a portion of Longmont’s abandoned sugar factory early Christmas morning, but firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and prevent it from spreading throughout the property, Boulder County sheriff’s officials said.
The fire was reported at 2:54 a.m. Monday at the building in the 11,900 block of Sugar Mill Road. Firefighters from the Longmont Fire Department and the Mountain View Fire Protection District, along with sheriff’s deputies, responded.
Firefighters arrived to find a section of the property fully engulfed in flames, on the south side of Sugar Mill Road, just west of the large silos.
The responding firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading, and eventually extinguished it. Fire personnel are now in “mop-up” mode, according to the sheriff’s office, and will remain on scene to extinguish hot spots.
Sugar Mill Road between 119th and Alpine streets is expected to remain closed to traffic until about 8 a.m.
There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.
Emergency crews put out a fire at the old sugar factory in September 2016 , as well. In fighting that fire, officials said the structure was in such poor condition that firefighters could not go inside.
Following that fire, Dick Thomas, who has owned the property since 1980, said the site has attracted vandals and trespassers throughout the years . Thomas told the Times-Call his on-site property manager believed kids had sparked that fire.
“It’s a big party place,” Thomas said at the time. “He runs them off, but it’s just a constant struggle.”
The Longmont Fire Department ultimately decided it could not investigate the cause of that fire.
“The building is too dangerous for anyone to be in,” spokeswoman Molly Cropp said at the time.
The property has been abandoned since 1977, though the Great Western Sugar Company still uses the silos.