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Tuolumne County Firefighters are in the mopping stage of extinguishing a stubborn blaze at the old Jones Saw Mill site in Soulsbyville.

The complex was destroyed in a fire that started just after 4:30 yesterday afternoon on Soulsbyville road.

Sonora California Division of Forestry Fire Captain Julie Honer at the scene this morning said crews let the fire burn itself out.

A large pumper truck from Tuolumne County Fire was spraying a constant stream of water on the charred and smoldering debris, while two inmate crews from Baseline camp and a bulldozer fron Tuolumne County are on hand to help the mop-up effort today.

Honer say firefighters hope to have things finished up at the scene by this afternoon.

Tuolumne County Fire Marshall Karry Hubbard says arson has not been ruled out.

If you saw anything suspicious in the area of the old mill on Soulsbyville Road around 4 pm or so, you´re asked to call Tuolumne County fire investigators at 533-5501.