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Fire at port caused by lightning
A fire that damaged two warehouses at Georgia Ports Authority's terminal on East River earlier this month was caused by an act of nature.

Brunswick Interim Fire Administrator Deborah McCauley said Friday lightning was responsible for the Aug. 9 blaze in the south end of Brunswick.

"We found that lightning was the cause of it, and there was no suspicious activity at play," McCauley said.

The fire started in the multi-story tower of the Logistec building at 225 Newcastle St.

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.

Afternoon thunderstorms have brought increased lightning activity across Glynn County in recent weeks, weather and fire officials say. A motorist said lightning hit her car, and this past week residents evacuated a mobile home when lightning hit a nearby tree and set it on fire.

No injuries have been reported.

"Unfortunately, we're subject to (lightning strikes) all over town this time of year," said City Manager Bill Weeks. "We're doing what we can to get the word out about fire prevention."

The fire at East River Terminal caused light damage at one warehouse and limited damage to the other. A conveyor belt, which also caught fire, connects the two.

Weeks said the city fire department is working with the state ports authority on fire prevention and training for future situations.



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