Firefighters suppress big rubber fire at Port of Savannah
A large fire that began in a warehouse filled with rubber at the Port of Savannah's Ocean Terminal is now fully extinguished, the Georgia Ports Authority said in a bulletin issued Sunday.
Local fire departments, along with the Air National Guard and Colonial Group, which operated Warehouse 3, doused the fire after first building a preventive fire wall to contain the blaze to about 100,000 square feet of the building.
The area impacted contained 1,800 tons of imported, raw rubber, the GPA said.
Ocean Terminal is the port's dedicated marine facility for breakbulk and wheeled-vehicle cargo.
The port authority said monitoring by the Environmental Protection Agency has determined that air quality within the terminal and surrounding neighborhoods is acceptable under federal standards. Smoke from the inferno could be seen for miles, according to local news accounts.
The U.S. Coast Guard is also deploying booms on the Savannah River to ensure that any discharge from the fire into the water is contained, it said. Cleanup will be coordinated with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
The Savannah and Garden City fire departments were able to deploy a special-purpose marine fire fighting pump able to draw 6,000 gallons of water per minute from the river through 2.5 miles of hose to put out the fire, the port authority said. The pump was purchased in 2008 with the help of a federal port security grant.
Normal gate operations resumed Monday morning at Ocean Terminal, according to GPA. Operations at Savannah's container port, Garden City Terminal, were unaffected by the emergency.
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