Menasha fire

The Whiting Paper Mill engulfed in flames overnight Sunday in Menasha.

Menasha police are urging people to stay away from the scene of the Whiting Paper Mill fire.

“The walls and structure are extremely unstable and could collapse at a moments notice,” reads a post on the police department Facebook page. “We urge people to stay away from the property from a legal standpoint and a personal safety aspect. River Street is barricaded to traffic. Water Street remains open to vehicle traffic but please recognize it is a narrow street with many residences. The Loop the Lake trail remains open for pedestrians, but you must remain on the trail.”

Crews were called to the scene at 100 River St. at 7:29 p.m. Sunday. Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue called in mutual aid and 123 firefighters responded to help at the scene and respond to other calls for service in the area.

There are no reports of injuries.

“Another great loss to Menasha history.The Whiting Mill is up in flames,” said Menasha Mayor Don Merkes in a statement on Facebook.

In 1888, sixteen men were killed in an explosion and fire at the mill.

In 2018, fire engulfed the historic Brin building in Menasha. The cause of that fire was determined to be electrical in nature.

The cause of the recent fire is under investigation.

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