Mutual Aid Brings Savannah Construction Site Fire Under Control

Fire rips through Eastern Wharf project

Fire broke out at the Eastern Wharf Project site in Savannah, GA on February 27, 2020. (Brian Jones, YouTube)

FirefighterNation Staff

SAVANNAH — Firefighters remain on the scene of a construction site fire that began Thursday, according to WTOC11.

The fire was brought under control Thursday evening at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Officials say the fire at the Eastern Wharf Project had no injuries.

Investigators will continue to work on determining the cause of the blaze.

Savannah firefighters were aided by firefighters from Garden City, Pooler, and Chatham fire departments.

Savannah Fire Chief Derik Minard told WTOC11 that firefighters tried to make an interior attack but were unable and faced a wind-driven fire that complicated efforts.

The Eastern Wharf and Choate Construction Company released a statement about the fire on Thursday,

“Our number one priority is the safety of team members and individuals working on site. We are thankful to report that everyone is safe and accounted for. We want to thank all of the first responders, especially the Savannah Fire Department and the Savannah Police Department, for their swift, coordinated and continued efforts today. Savannah is fortunate to have a top-rated fire department that has been proactively working with the development team at Eastern Wharf and Choate Construction to conduct visits and safety reviews. The Choate project team also regularly conducts evacuation drills and other safety checks in conjunction with their OSHA Strategic Partnership Program. These proactive measures and coordinated visits paid off today as the Savannah Fire Department knew exactly where set up to quickly fight this fire. While today was a serious event, thanks to the diligence and exceptional training of this community’s first responders we were able to avoid serious injury and contain a potentially dangerous situation.”

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