Douglas peanut warehouse catches fire; crews battling the blaze

Douglas peanut warehouse catches fire; crews battling the blaze

DOUGLAS, Ga. (WALB) - The Coffee County Fire Department is working to extinguish a peanut fire that could consume a warehouse full of the crop at Premium Peanut.

Coffee County fire officials said the call came in around 3:55 Wednesday morning and the warehouse was still in flames as of 5 p.m. Wednesday night.

One large building is involved, but firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to other storage facilities at the plant just off Barrington Road, northwest of the city.

Fire officials battling a peanut fire in Coffee County.
Fire officials battling a peanut fire in Coffee County.

Fire Chief Steve Carver said they are handling the fire.

“We are not exactly sure what the cause was, we got a report at 3:55 this morning,” Carver said.

Carver said as soon as the call came through, he and his team acted quickly.

Coffee County Fire Chief Steve Carver talks about the fire at a peanut plant.
Coffee County Fire Chief Steve Carver talks about the fire at a peanut plant.

“Immediately after dispatch had notified us that they had flames showing, the first units arrived on scene approximately six minutes later, five to six minutes later, with flames coming out of the top of the roof about twenty feet,” Carver said.

Carver and his team are still battling the flames after more than 12 hours. He than shared his plan.

“Our plans are to let the product burn," Carver said. “We are taking and trying to maintain a barrier between it and the adjacent buildings and the joining buildings; to try to protect it from spreading any further.”

Carver said the warehouse was for storing shell peanuts. Firefighters aren’t looking for the flames to stop anytime soon.

“Sometime tomorrow we will be able to get in and do a complete extinguish but right now, it is too early to say when that would be," Carver said.

The fire will require help from the City of Douglas as well as other counties.

“We’ve had help this morning from the City of Douglas Fire Department and then we have neighboring counties that are already scheduling to bring staff in to help us as well,” Carver said.

Carver did want to warn drivers that if you are in the area and you happen to see smoke, everything is okay and they have everything under control. He said the fire should be extinguished no later than Thursday.

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