Memorial service marks 10th anniversary of deadly refinery explosion

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Wednesday, Feb. 7 marks the 10th anniversary of the deadly sugar refinery explosion that killed 14 people and injured dozens more.

Memorial Health held a ceremony Wednesday morning to honor the victims and the survivors — and reflect on their response.

Eight workers died the night of the explosion and six later succumbed to their injuries.

The Memorial Health staff treated 32 patients and transferred 18 to the burn unit in Augusta.

In total, 230 firefighters responded to the fire that night and the entire community came together to lend a hand.

A memorial service will be held tonight at St. Philip Monumental A.M.E. Church in the theme ‘Lest We Forget.’

It will be held on Jefferson Street in Savannah at 6 p.m. Members of the local clergy and community leaders will take part in the service at 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

News 3 will also dedicate a full hour of coverage on the explosion starting at 5 p.m.

Included in our special team coverage, we’ll honor those who died and those who made it out alive.

We’ll revisit the experience with live-saving first responders and medical staff, and we’ll report on an entire community that came together to volunteer as well as dig into how this tragedy significantly changed emergency response in Chatham County.

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