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Search Resumes at Sugar Refinery

Imperial Sugar refinery, images courtesy Chatham Emergency Management Agency. Imperial Sugar refinery, images courtesy Chatham Emergency Management Agency.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Recovery efforts have resumed at the scene of Thursday's refinery explosion in Port Wentworth. Joining local emergency personnel are state search and rescue teams, chemists with ATF, and OSHA personnel. A Georgia state fire marshal is in charge of operations.

The bodies of five victims have been recovered so far. Three workers remain missing.

The search resumed this morning at 7:30am. Searchers believe they know where the missing workers may be, however the instability of the structure and windy conditions are making the search difficult. Additionally the fire is still burning in sugar silos, causing stored sugar to crystallize into a concrete-like substance.

Savannah-Chatham police are on standby at the scene. They will investigate should any more bodies be recovered.

Gov. Sonny Perdue is expected to fly over the scene today.

WTOC has a crew at the site and is expecting access to the refinery as conditions allow. However, the instability of the structure may delay or event prevent media entry.

The Savannah Red Cross is continuing to help the families affected, as well as the firefighters and other personnel working the scene.

Contact the WTOC News team

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