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Cause of warehouse fire under investigation

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The warehouse fire that went up in flames early Saturday morning is now fully extinguished.

"We don't expect there to be that much more activity for us but we'll keep some companies here incase something does happen," said Mark Keller, a spokesman with the Savannah Fire Department.

New video Sunday showed what's left of the warehouse that went up in flames late Saturday morning. Savannah Fire and several surrounding agencies were able to but out the bulk of the fire by early Sunday morning. Thanks to the swift action of these first responders and a crucial fire wall built into the warehouse, the flames were contained to less than half of the warehouse, and only damaged a portion of the crude rubber cargo inside.

Now that the fire has been put out, Savannah Fire Investigators and the State Fire Marshal's Office are working to figure out what started it all.

"They're going to look at and examine everything that they can," said Keller. "The first thing that they're going to look at is if anyone actually saw where the original smoke or fire came from which will help them narrow down a point of origin."

Fire officials said the special purpose marine fire fighting pumps play a major role in putting out this massive fire. It is an industrial fire fighting piece of equipment used to fight fires along Savannah's industrial front. The pumps were obtained from a 2008 Port Security Grant and draws 6000 gallons of water per minute though a 2.5 mile hose.

Fire crews will remain at the Ocean Terminal overnight to monitor the area, in case a flare up occurs.

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