Smokestack Falls on Backhoe Operator

A close call for one of the workers trying to bring down the old smokestack at the Avondale Mills property in Pell City. After two attempts to demolish the tower with explosives- the crew brought in a backhoe. The smokestack fell on the man operating the backhoe. Amazingly- crews were able to dig Tim Phyfer out from the rubble and he is okay. Avondale Mills was built in 1902. It operated until 2006 and was destroyed by fire in 2008. After clearing the property- the city plans to use the land for a park.


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