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By Jay Polk - bio | email

January 23, 2009

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Crews began the task of hauling off tons of burned peanuts from a warehouse in Sylvester Friday.

Smoke continued to blanket South Georgia towns Friday as the huge fire continues to smolder.

More than 2300 tons of peanuts burned Tuesday night and investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office have been called in to help determine the cause.

"They have a lot more experience with larger scenes and with the amount of damage and working with the different agencies. Felt to be a great asset and their guidance and expertise is what we needed," said Chief Jody Yarbrough of the Sylvester Fire Department.

Yarbrough said that he hopes that the investigation can be wrapped up by the beginning of next week. The total loss of the peanuts alone is estimated to be between $1.2 and $1.5 million. More than 20 other agencies came in and helped the city fight the fire.

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