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Community concerns about location, safety of Georgetown fire debris

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State and local fire officials are still working to determine the cause of the massive fire that ripped through part of downtown Georgetown destroying 7 buildings.

As the clean-up continues, there are concerns about where workers are taking the rubble.

"They're dumping it on the West end. If it's not good enough to be on Front Street, then we don't want it on Hazard Street," Harriet Hunt said.

A city-owned lot on Hazard Street will house the debris for some time as the large task of cleaning the debris continues. Though the area is fenced off, some are concerned about how close it is to homes.

"The key is that we make sure that it is safe to put into the county landfill," Georgetown County Emergency manager Sam Hodge said.

How safe is the material?

"Even though the buildings are older, with the fire and all -- anything hazardous was hopefully contained in the fire. They were testing on site here yesterday prior to taking it out there," Hodge said.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, there was a required asbestos survey before the clean-up could begin and DHEC works with local officials to develop a safe removal plan.

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