GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — A massive fire at a plastic manufacturing plant in Brunswick prompted evacuations and shelter-in-place orders for people in the area on Saturday.
According to Brunswick officials, two people were injured with minor burns during the fire. They were treated on-site by paramedics.
Brunswick’s state of emergency was lifted at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
The blaze initially broke out around 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning and was contained shortly after. Then, the fire reignited just after 3 p.m. The second fire was put out around 10 p.m. the same night.
The fire prompted a response from several nearby agencies to assist with mutual aid, including but not limited to: Brunswick City Fire, Glynn County Fire and Rescue, Jekyll Island Fire, Jacksonville Fire, Savannah Fire, Waynesboro Fire, Camden County Fire, Jesup Fire, Bryan County Fire, Effingham EMA, Wayne County EMA, Georgia EMA, and Glynn County EMA.
Due to wind conditions, anyone within a half-mile radius of the plant was ordered to evacuate and shelter-in-place orders were in effect for residents on St. Simon’s Island and those within a 1-mile radius of the plant. Those orders were lifted around 10 p.m. Saturday night.
Nealy 30 people stayed overnight at the shelter at Howard Coffin Park while officials remained onsite assessing the fire.
City officials say the plant sustained damage to some structures, but the chemical tanks were unaffected. The fire broke out in one operational area of the plant, fire officials say.
The cause of both fires remains under investigation.
Officials say there were no injuries in the fire.