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Bulloch and Statesboro Firefighters battle massive fire for five hours

For five hours firefighters battled a warehouse fire in Bulloch County on Thursday morning. Hwy. 301 South was closed for nearly four hours to allow fire hoses to provide water across the road to the fire engines.

According to Ben Tapley, Bulloch County Fire Chief, Bulloch County fire responded to a massive fire at 8:50 AM on Thursday, May 25, 2023.  When the first units arrived at Allgreen Services, located at 4795 Hwy. 301 South, they found a large, out of control fire in a trash transfer station. 

Fire command requested additional fire engines and personnel to the scene and Bulloch County Sheriff's Deputies to to close Hwy. 301 south to allow for water supply to the fire engines. 

Video below provided to GC by Carl Knight:

They battled the blaze for hours, keeping Hwy. 301 South closed for almost four hours. Over 25 firefighters from Bulloch and Statesboro assisted in fighting the fire.  Metter fire also assisted by brining some firefighting foam they used which is housed with a local supplier in Metter.  Statesboro Fire sent an engine, a ladder and their CAFE team to assist with the fire.

The fire was contained to a large open warehouse structure which serves as a transfer station for trash.

"I want to thank all of the Bulloch County firefighters, Statesboro firefighters, Metter fire, Bulloch EMS, Bulloch County deputies and GA DOT for assisting us with the fire," said Chief Ben Tapley.  "It took all of us working together with us to get the fire extinguished."

The City of Statesboro ran water out Hwy. 301 to supply the Bruce Yawn Industrial Park.  In doing this, they placed fire hydrants alone the east side of Hwy. 301.  When there is a major fire on the west side of the road, they are required to close the road to run fire hoses across the road to supply the fire engines.

There were no injuries in fire.

Chief Tapley is not aware if or how much the fire will impact Allgreen's services.  We have reached out to Allgreen and will update this story with their response.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.  Bulloch County Fire will conduct a routine cause and origin investigation.