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Fire at Bulloch County seed warehouse still smoldering


Firefighters are still monitoring a smoldering fire at Southern States in Bulloch County. The fire started late Monday night in the seed storage building on Goldkist Road.

Fire investigators believe it may have sparked from a faulty spotlight bulb, but more time is needed before investigators can get inside of the smoldering building to take a closer look.

Nearly 60 Bulloch County firefighters fought the blaze. Their biggest concern was keeping the fire away from the nearby cotton gin. During the process, the roof caved in, creating an unsafe situation for the firefighters and investigators.

"It's a possibility that there was a spotlight bulb that actually busted," said Bulloch County Chief Chris Ivey. "We are thinking with the dust fumes it actually ignited the cotton seed itself."

Firefighters are monitoring the warehouse fire around the clock.

They say it may take a few days before they can get heavy equipment in and begin the process of pulling out the seed load by load.

The roof caved in around midnight and is now sitting on top of the cotton seed. Firefighters are worried that if they go in and shift the weight around it will finish collapsing and put firefighters' lives in jeopardy.

"The process now is to get a demolition team in to start tearing the building down," said Chief Ivey. "The roof is actually coming down on top of all the contents and it's unsafe to send any foreman in to put out the remainder of the fire."

It's a process they believe will take about two weeks. They will then be able determine the exact cause of the fire. At this point, they believe a faulty spotlight bulb ignited the cotton seed.

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