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Investigators still looking for cause of Massive warehouse fire

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Firefighters were out at the Georgia Ports all day Sunday, monitoring hot spots and beginning their investigation of the massive fire that destroyed half of the 200,000 square foot building at Ocean Terminal.

Luckily no one was injured, and the fire didn't spread to any of the other buildings in the area, including a construction site that's nearby. The site manager says workers were out there when the fire started. They left, right before the smoke began billowing into the sky.

"I evacuated the men here before they even evacuated here, due to the extent, and amount of damage the fire was," said Classic Concrete manager,  Jeremy Willis.

It started around 11 Saturday morning, and tore through half of the building. A thick dark plume of smoke filled the sky, visible for hours, and for miles.

"It was just this huge fire," said Thirkield Walker. "Just flames shooting everything."

Nearly half of the more than 5,000 tons of bulk rubber that was store in the building, burned.  The good thing, no one was injured, including all of the men working at the nearby construction site.  

"Luckily we were up wind from it all day," said Willis. "The smoke went the other direction, and if there were any flying embers or burning embers or something, it all went the other direction."

They're building a new housing complex for SCAD. Jeremy Willis says, if the fire would have reached over to their site, the damage could have cost a lot of money.

 "Let's just say we're lucky that that didn't happen," said Willies.

The investigation of that mammoth fire continues, and fire investigators say they'll be out at the ports for the next couple of days.

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