Latest on early Thursday morning fire on President Street

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Fire and Emergency Services are still on scene of a fire that started on East President Street early Thursday morning.

They got the call just after midnight to the vacant, two-story wood building and found heavy smoke and flames when they arrived.

The fire extended to wooded areas surrounding the building and emergency crews used ground hoses along with support from the aviation unit that used water from the Savannah River.

The building has been vacant for years, but was being uses as shelter for several individuals.  Several of those individuals were inside when the fire started but made it out safely.

One firefighter suffered minor burns to his hand and was treated on scene, before being transported to Candler for further care.  He was released Thursday morning.

East President Street had to be closed between Randolph and the Truman Parkway, but was re-opened around 11:30am.

By mid-afternoon Thursday, the city’s property maintenance personnel were overseeing the demolition of the remaining portion of the building.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause and origin.

Advanced Firefighter Andrew Jones looks out over the smoldering remains of a building on E. President St.


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