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Hazlehurst lumberyard fire close to contained

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A lumberyard near Hazlehurst continues to burn into its second day, and now fire officials say they have the fire almost completely contained.

Multiple fire departments from surrounding counties have been working to contain the massive blaze that broke out at about 7:30 a.m. on Monday at Thompson Hardwoods, a two-story wood processing facility located on Highway 341.

Tuesday at noon, officials said the fire is 99 percent contained.

Fire officials say the fire started when a load of lumber was pulled out of a drying kiln, which dries out the boards for shipment. He said the wind spread embers from that load to other lumber in the warehouse where the kiln is located. All the lumber in the warehouse burned, as did the warehouse and the office.

The fire then spread to other stacks of lumber, jumping from one to another.

The lumberyard employs about 350 people at this location, but they do have another location in the city.

There will be a meeting on Wednesday for Thompson Hardwoods employees affected by this massive and destructive fire. Employees can come to the First Baptist Church of Hazlehurst, 30 North Tallahassee Street, starting at 11 a.m. A chaplain will speak to each individual about what they are going through and the worries they now face, as well as ways to move forward.

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