Massive fire in Swainsboro still smoldering

Massive fire in Swainsboro still smoldering

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (WTOC) -A fire in Swainsboro that destroyed the warehouse of a local business is still smoldering, bringing fire crews from surrounding counties to deal with the flames and damage.

The smoke from the fire could be seen from more than 10 miles away.

Firefighters say there’s still so much heat under the remains and materials to burn that it will take some time before they can get this extinguished.

A fire crew has been at the location all day keeping an eye out for any flare ups. The warehouse held lawn mower parts, from plastics to rubber tires and hoses, as well as drums of oil. That caused this fire to burn for hours last night - even as the ladder trucks alone sprayed 6,000 gallons of water per minute.

Swainsboro’s Fire Chief says the metal roof may have fallen but it’s acting as an umbrella over the smoldering embers and preventing water from getting inside the debris. Meanwhile, they can’t get bulldozers or anything in there to reach what’s still burning.

“What we’re trying to do is get it to the point where we can get an excavator in there and move some of the tin roof that’s fallen,” said Chief Mike Strobridge with the Swainsboro Fire Department.

They’ll also work on some of the weakened walls that are still standing but could crumble at any moment and fall on top of firefighters or demo crews.

The Chief says they believe they’ve determined where the fire started and where it burned from there. As to what caused it, they can’t figure that out until they get inside and start their investigation.

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