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Sumter Warehouse Fire Caused $1.9 Million in Damage

Sumter firefighters are trying to put out a large fire at a warehouse Friday morning.

Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Sumter firefighters spent most of their Friday containing and putting out hotspot of a massive warehouse fire that caused almost $2 million in damage.

Sumter fire crews were called to the scene near Hauser and Magnolia Street around 4 a.m. Authorities say the warehouse was fully involved by the time they arrived.

Video taken by News19 showed flames consuming the structure, and they did not begin to die down for almost five hours.

The Sumter Fire Department was called in the Shaw Air Force Base Fire Department to help.

The building is a total loss.

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The smoke from the fire was so intense, it could actually be seen on satellite radar. The National Weather Service in Wilmington tweeted out a video that showed the large plume moving toward Florence.

Sumter Fire Chief Joey Duggan says the building was holding carpeting materials and is owned by a local businessman.

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Authorities say most intersections are now open.

Fire crews will has to rotate crews throughout the day and into the night to make sure no hot spots came back.

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