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updated 3/7/2008 2:08:02 PM ET 2008-03-07T19:08:02

Two firefighters were killed Friday fighting a massive fire at a wood millworks in central North Carolina.

Michael Burton, a spokesman at Rowan Regional Medical Center, said one firefighter was dead on arrival and another died later in the morning.

Burton said two other firefighters injured in Friday's blaze at Salisbury Millworks were being treated for first and second degree burns, although he said doctors don't consider their injuries to be severe.

Burton said one other firefighter was sent to North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for treatment. Officials there declined to comment.

The Salisbury Post reported that firefighters responded to the millworks shortly after receiving a 911 call around 7 a.m. The newspaper said departments from across the county north of Charlotte were called to fight the blaze and the facility appears to be a total loss.

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