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Crews continue to monitor scene after massive propane tank fire

(Source: Lamont Hunter) (Source: Lamont Hunter)

Firefighters remained on the scene of a massive fire that happened Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of a warehouse in Savannah to keep an eye on hot spots. 

A propane tank caught fire in the parking lot of the American Packing & Crating warehouse located in West Chatham County Wednesday afternoon. 

Savannah Fire and Pooler Fire crews worked the blaze and several units remained at the scene all night to burn off the remaining gas and ensure that the fire is completely out. Officials say the environmental impact of this fire is the biggest concern. 

The blaze caused massive damage to several tractor trailer trucks parked in the lot. Trailers melted down to almost nothing. Some of the trailers were empty but others were filled with plastic lawn furniture and a cleanup crew is currently putting out boom to make sure none of the melted plastic seeps into the nearby canal. 

The fire all started when an employee was filling a propane tank for a forklift at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. For the rest of the evening and throughout the night, the main challange has been keeping the propane tanks from exploding.

The warehouse and an adjoining warehouse were full of employees when the fire happened, but the only injury was to the employee who was filling the tank, who suffered burns on his arms. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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