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PHOTOS: Mills apartment complex smolders day after fire rips through building

The charred wreckage of an apartment building still smolders on Sat. March 5, in Mills. No one was injured in the blaze that took place in an apartment complex that was under construction. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The smell of smoke permeates the air as the remains of an apartment complex that was under construction smolders on Saturday morning in Mills. 

Multiple fire agencies from Natrona and Converse Counties responded to the blaze on Friday night at the three-story building just off Poison Spider road. 

Casper Fire-EMS engineer Dane Andersen described the scene as “a very, very dynamic firefight that required a lot of ingenuity, a lot of outside-of-the-box thinking, and just good-old-fashioned hard work.”

Mills Fire Chief Bob Lanz told Oil City Saturday morning that it took until midnight before any measure of containment was reached, and the site is still smoldering. The public is asked to continue to avoid the area of Poison Spider Road between Falcon Avenue and West Yellowstone Highway.

The fire is under investigation by the Mills Fire Department and Natrona County Fire Inspectors in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, according to a release issued on Saturday morning. 

Oil City News reporter Greg Hirst contributed to this report.