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Warehouse fire investigation on hold
Brunswick fire officials will have to wait to further investigate the fire inside two warehouses at East River Terminal Thursday.

The fire started in the multi-story tower of the Logistec building located at 225 Newcastle St. around 5 p.m.

Logistec leases the property and facilities from the Georgia Ports Authority for the storage and import and export of wood pellets, used as biofuel in European nations.

First responders reported that smoke and flames were visible in the multi-story tower of the building. The flames traveled through a connected conveyer to ignite a second fire in the attached bulk warehouse.

Brunswick interim Fire Administrator Deborah McCauley said investigators were unable to conduct an investigation Friday due to the wetness of the interior of the warehouse. They will try again Monday.

Although the extent of fire damage to the warehouse is unknown, it will be business as usual at the port facility.

"We continue to work with local officials to determine the cause of the fire and assess damage," said Griff Lynch, chief operating officer of the Georgia Ports Authority. "Business will continue without interruption, and we expect minimal impact to Logistec's operation."

The incident report issued by the Brunswick Fire Department showed that no fire or smoke detector or automatic extinguishment systems were present in the building.

It took Brunswick and Glynn County Firefighters more than 30 minutes to get the blaze under control, and hours longer to saturate and completely extinguish all of the hotspots.

The incident report also noted that firefighters experienced difficulty accessing operable hydrants.

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