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Firefighters worked a large warehouse fire in the Port of Savannah. (Courtesy: Shane Shifflett) Firefighters worked a large warehouse fire in the Port of Savannah. (Courtesy: Shane Shifflett)
The view of the warehouse fire from the Talmeadge Bridge. (Courtesy: Shane Shifflett) The view of the warehouse fire from the Talmeadge Bridge. (Courtesy: Shane Shifflett)
A large plume of smoke can be seen for miles around the Port of Savannah. (Courtesy: Kristen Hope Justice) A large plume of smoke can be seen for miles around the Port of Savannah. (Courtesy: Kristen Hope Justice)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia ports officials say a blaze that tore through a warehouse and sent plumes of black smoke into the sky has been extinguished.

Ports officials say the blaze, which was reported Saturday, was extinguished Sunday morning. Savannah Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Mark Keller says firefighters worked overnight to prevent flare ups from developing into larger fires inside the damaged 226,000 square-foot warehouse.

Port officials have said no injuries were reported and no one was in the warehouse when the fire started. The cause of the blaze is unclear and Keller says investigators haven't been able to enter the building yet.

Keller says although air conditions are improving near the warehouse, officials are still urging people to limit outdoor activities nearby to avoid exposure to lingering smoke.

Previous reports:

Massive Ga. blaze is contained but still burning

By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Fire officials say a massive fire at the Port of Savannah in Georgia is contained but could take a while to burn out.

Savannah Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Mark Keller says the fire fueled by 5,600 tons of rubber is contained, but there's no telling how long it will take to burn it out.

He says firefighters were using industrial pumps to suck up river water and blast it through water cannons at the fire.

Crews will continue soaking into the night and Sunday if necessary.

A towering column of black smoke could be seen from miles away.

The fire was burning inside a warehouse covering 226,000 square feet at the port's Ocean Terminal just west of downtown Savannah. All port workers were accounted for and unharmed.

Large warehouse fire breaks out at Savannah port

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A large fire burning inside a warehouse at the Port of Savannah is sending up a cloud of thick, black smoke that can be seen from miles away.

Georgia Ports Authority spokesman Robert Morris said all port workers were safe and accounted for after the fire broke out Saturday at the port's Ocean Terminal near downtown Savannah. Firefighters were working to contain and extinguish the blaze.

Morris says the fire is burning rubber stored inside the warehouse, causing a giant column of black smoke. He says he does not know what started it.

Savannah-Chatham County police spokesman Julian Miller says the fire and smoke have stopped some traffic west of downtown Savannah and slowed travel on the Talmadge Bridge spanning the Savannah River.

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