Crews in Bulloch County have been working overnight to prevent a blaze at a seed bin from spreading. The biggest concern has been keeping the fire away from the nearby cotton gin.
It happened around 10 p.m. Monday at the Southern States Cotton Gin on Goldkist Road in Statesboro. According to authorities, the seed warehouse is where the building caught fire.
The cotton gin is located about 100 yards away from the flames and has hundreds of bales of cotton in it. Every tanker truck in the county had to be called to the scene because officials were worried the fire might spread to other buildings.
Fire Chief Chris Ivey said they did have a threat of partial building collapse which affected the way they fought the blaze.
"It's about 80 percent full of cotton seed from the floor all the way to the ceiling. At this time, the ceiling is about to collapse, and we can't take the chance of sending anybody in so we are actually having to fight the fire from the outside." stated Ivey.
As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, the roof had collapsed and heavy smoke could still be seen billowing from the building. The fire is under control and several firefighters are still on the scene monitoring the smoldering flames. Fire crews have backed off to let the fire burn out.