By Andy Owens
Published Aug. 19, 2013
The fire was quickly extinguished, said Bianca Sancic, public information officer for the fire department. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and released, she said. No other injuries were reported.
The warehouse at 1150 N. Port Drive holds a transloading operation for an export product called feathermeal, said Allison Skipper, S.C. State Ports Authority spokeswoman. Feathermeal is a chicken byproduct used in livestock feed and fertilizers.
North Charleston firefighters arrived at the scene at 7:10 p.m. and saw smoke coming from the building, Sancic said.
“The sprinkler system had activated and put out the bulk of the fire, but they spent a lot of time looking for expansion, making sure the fire hadn’t gotten any further in the building,” she said.
Skipper said port police were on site and alerted the S.C. State Ports Authority about the incident. The port depends on the city’s fire department for fire service, she said. Sancic said the fire is under investigation by SLED because the property is under the jurisdiction of a state agency.
The transloading operation is owned by Riverbend. The warehouse is part of the Veterans Terminal, which is on property the ports authority leases from the Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority.
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