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Fire destroys mill in Aargau village

A spectacular fire that burned until early Thursday destroyed a flour mill in Beinwil, a rural village in the canton of Aargau.

Fire destroys mill in Aargau village
Photo: Aargau cantonal police

The blaze broke out at the mill owned by Eichmühle AG shortly before midnight on Wednesday, Aargau cantonal police said.

Flames engulfed the building operated by a company established in the 16th century that produces flour and feed.

Around a hundred fire fighters from the region were able to prevent the spread of the fire to neighbouring farm buildings, cantonal police said.

Nearby residents were evacuated and animals were moved as a precaution, law enforcement officials said.

A care team looked after neighbours affected by the fire.

New production facilities and several silos were destroyed, with damage estimated in the “millions” of francs, police said.

Located in the village centre, the mill was a landmark in the community of 1,000.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Cantonal police have launched an investigation.

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Man dies in car fire at Jura petrol station on New Year’s Eve

Police in the canton of Jura are investigating why a vehicle caught fire at a petrol station in the village of Breuleux on Sunday morning, killing the driver.

Man dies in car fire at Jura petrol station on New Year’s Eve
Photo: Jura police
Given the size of the fire and the fact it took place in a petrol station, a large team of 30 firefighters and eight fire engines was sent to tackle the blaze, police said in a statement.
 
Residents of four nearby apartment blocks were evacuated and one elderly person in shock received medical attention. 
 
Firefighters were unable to save the driver of the car, who was found dead inside the vehicle. 
 
According to Le Matin, the victim was a local musician and guitar teacher who was due to perform during the New Year’s Eve event of a local restaurant later that day.
 
Investigations are ongoing to determine why the car – a hybrid Toyota, according to the paper – burst into flames.