DONALSONVILLE, GA (WALB) - Crews at the scene of a massive peanut warehouse fire split duties into flame control and recovery of actual peanuts as smoke billowed from the building Thursday.
Dispatchers reported getting calls of the warehouse fire on First Street around 12:30 p.m.
It was filled with newly harvested peanuts.
Crews were called from seven different locations, including two prisons to help fight the fire.
Teams on the scene were also using excavators and bulldozers to help salvage a portion of the peanuts inside the building that were not yet burned.
As the afternoon progressed, excavators were used to break down the walls of the warehouse, and bulldozers were being used to scoop out peanuts that were not burned.
Officials said they would be at the scene throughout the night to fight the fire, but noted that there were no hazards to residents nearby.
Firefighters said smoke was expected to be in the air for at least the next couple of days.
There was no immediate word on what started the fire.