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Summerville plant fire now 50 percent contained

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The fire at a plastics recycling plant in Summerville, Ga. just hours after it was sparked on Friday, July 27, 2012. The fire at a plastics recycling plant in Summerville, Ga. just hours after it was sparked on Friday, July 27, 2012.
Firefighters dump water on a plant fire in Summerville, Ga. on Friday, July 27, 2012. Firefighters dump water on a plant fire in Summerville, Ga. on Friday, July 27, 2012.
The smoke from a plastics recycling fire could be seen for over 15 miles away on Friday, July 27, 2012. The smoke from a plastics recycling fire could be seen for over 15 miles away on Friday, July 27, 2012.
SUMMERVILLE, Ga. -

Officials say that a fire which has been burning for days at a plastic recycling plant in Chattooga County was 50 percent contained on Sunday.

The blaze started around 5 p.m. Friday at the old Harriet and Henderson Mill, which is now a plastics recycling plant on Raccoon Creek Road according to Summerville fire officials. Luckily the plant was closed for the day so no workers were injured.

Investigators are trying to determine if lightning may have been the cause of the fire. They believe that it may have sparked an explosion in some of the plant's propane tanks which quickly spread the fire to the rest of the facility.

Plastics from carpet remnants and other materials have been burning for days. Officials concerned over the unknown health hazards from the smoke and fumes evacuated all residents who live within a quarter mile of the blaze. Many of the 200 people affected by the mandatory evacuation order are still at an area church waiting to be let back into their homes.

Emergency officials say there was a report of a firefighter at the scene being injured, but could not give details of the severity or type of injury.

Over a hundred firefighters have been working around the clock to try to bring the fire under control.

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