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UPDATE: 1 Injured in Fire at American Packing and Crating in Pooler

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CHATHAM COUNTY, GA -
UPDATE:  8:15 p.m.

Fire crews remain on scene more than four hours after emergency crews received a call about a propane tank that was on fire in the American Packing and Crating parking lot.

" Warehouse management told Savannah fire investigators that the employee was filling a propane tank for a forklift when the fire erupted at the propane tanks. The employee suffered what emergency medical personnel described as minor burns to one arm. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries," Savannah Fire spokesman Mark Keller said in an emailed press release.

The fire spread quickly from the propane tanks to nearby wood pallets and then to several tractor truck trailers that contained plastic merchandise such as outdoor lawn furniture.

Firefighters extinguished the flames from the propane tanks and continued to apply water to keep the tanks cool and prevent a rupture to either tank, Keller said.  Firefighters also fought the blaze in the trailers from several positions on the ground and from aerial apparatus. At one point, a small fire erupted on the roof of the warehouse. It was quickly extinguished and firefighters took advantage of their rooftop position to augment the operation to douse the flames. All visible flames were extinguished by 7:30 p.m. 

The operation entailed a second alarm to ensure adequate personnel and resources were on scene to fight the blaze and to allow on-scene commanders to establish a rotation that allowed firefighters to rest and rehab. Pooler Fire Department also provided personnel and resources through mutual aid with Savannah Fire.

Savannah Fire investigators say it’s very clear where the fire started, however they will continue their investigation in an attempt to determine the ignition source for the blaze. Savannah firefighters will remain at the scene throughout the evening to ensure there are no flare-ups in the remaining debris, Keller said.



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UPDATE:  7:30 p.m.

News 3 viewer Lamont Hunter works next door to American Packing and Crating and tells us that the fire started shortly after four this afternoon.

Hunter says he and his co-workers were getting ready to end their day when they received a phone call from American Packing and Crating telling them that they were evacuating their employees and suggested that HWC Logistics employees do the same.

HWC employees were held in a corner of their property next door to where the fire was raging at American Packing, Hunter said.

Hunter says that he heard that the fire started when a worker at American Packing was trying to fill up a propane tank and something sparked.

The propane tank was close to some trailers on the American Packing property which quickly went up in flames, Hunter said.

Fire officials have not confirmed that information for us but do say that a worker suffered minor burns to his arm.

Stay with WSAV for updates.


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Firefighters are currently responding to a fire at American Packing and Crating in Western Chatham County. That is off of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.

Savannah Firefighters say at least half a dozen trailers are involved as well as a storage pod. Firefighters say the 'explosions' people have reported hearing are propane tanks venting.

Included in the article are pictures sent to us by viewers.

WSAV has a crew on the way.
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