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Firefighters continue work at Ga. Ports warehouse fire

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View of downtown Savannah from 8 a.m. on Sunday, heavy fog View of downtown Savannah from 8 a.m. on Sunday, heavy fog

Firefighters continue work on Sunday morning at Georgia Ports Authority warehouse that caught fire and caused a massive plume of smoke seen throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry on Saturday.

Savannah firefighters continue to address flare ups in the rubble of Warehouse #3 and continue their actions to keep any flare ups from escalating into larger pockets of fire, according to Savannah Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Mark Keller.

Additional efforts are underway to enable firefighters better access to areas of the structure where the flare ups are occurring. Firefighters continue to maintain containment of the fire and there is no expectation of any further strengthening or extension of the fire, according to Keller.

Smoke conditions are markedly improved in and around the incident location - including downtown Savannah and the city's west side.

Although the conditions are expected to continue to improve throughout the day, it is still advisable for people in the immediate areas of the incident scene to limit outdoor activity.

The fire was contained at the Georgia Ports Authority's Ocean Terminal No. 3 on West River Street.

Keller said the call came in at 11:28 a.m. on Saturday for the massive blaze at the 250,000 square foot building and that they immediately sent a second alarm.

Griff Lynch, chief operations officer at the Georgia Ports Authority, said no one was in the building at the time and no one was injured.

The Chatham County Health Dept. issued this air quality statement: "Smoke from any fire can be a respiratory irritant and will release particulate matter in the air. Avoiding the area and limiting exposure to the smoke is recommended. Children, elderly, and other individuals who have respiratory sensitivities such as asthma or other lung conditions should avoid exposure."

The Savannah College of Art and Design issued an update: Shelter in place advisory for Turner, Turner Annex, Boundary, Weston & Dyson is lifted. Fahm, Alexander, Adler and Hamilton re-opened at 10 a.m. 

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