Feb 8 A fire ignited 5,600 tons of stored rubber
at a warehouse in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday, spreading
thick black smoke for miles but causing no injuries, an official
The fire broke out at about 11:30 a.m. EST (1630 GMT) at a
warehouse at the Port of Savannah's Ocean Terminal and was
contained by early evening, said Claude Debnam, a dispatcher for
Savannah Fire and Emergency Services.
Blocks of rubber were stored in the warehouse for use in the
making of tires and other products, Debnam said.
Smoke drifted toward downtown Savannah and its historic
areas, prompting an advisory to tourists and residents to stay
indoors as much as possible, Debnam said.
Fire officials have not determined the cause of the blaze,
"As hot as rubber burns, it may be a couple days until they
can get in there and find out what happened," said Debnam, a
former volunteer firefighter. "It will be a mess over there."
(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Ian
Simpson and Lisa Shumaker)