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MORE INFORMATION: Fire

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JESUP, GA -

UPDATE:  Investigators with the insurance commissioner's office says the cause of the fire will remain undetermined.   They said the extent of the damage makes a cause impossible to find, but they do believe it started in the Fair Haven Market.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             UPDATE: A fund to help victims of the Jesup fire has been established at the SunTrust bank there.  Simply specify the donation as Jesup DDA Fire Fund.

UPDATE:  Cherry Street in Jesup has reopened to traffic.  A one to two block section of Broad Street is still closed. 

Fire officials tell News 3 100 firefighters from 8 surrounding departments helped Jesup City firefighters battle the blaze that appears to have begun with a faulty air conditioner.

It appears about one-third of the downtown district is affected.  That includes 7 businesses, an office space and a church.

According to the city manage, the property owner is insured and plans to rebuild.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross says four members from the Brantley County Disaster Action Team responded to the call to support more than 100 first responders who worked the scene. They provided canteen services for the responders as well as drinks and snacks.

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UPDATE: Seven businesses in downtown Jesup have been destroyed by a fire.

At this time the fire is contained. It began at a strip mall on Cherry Street around 9pm Monday night. At the height of the fire, around 200 firefighters from about 6 different departments worked to contain the flames. Officials say they believe the fire began in a flea-market type business called Fair Haven.

At this time Cherry and Maxi Streets are back open. A portion of Broad St. does remain closed, due to a fire hose on standby for remaining firefighters.

State fire investigators are expected to be in town this morning to begin their investigation.

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Update from our News 3 Team on the scene: More than 200 firefighters from four counties and Fort Stewart responded to the strip mall fire on Cherry Street in Jesup Thursday night.It took firefighters between three and four hours to contain the fire that consumed multiple businesses, including a pet store, computer shop, and consignment store.


Keith Wright, the director of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, says the layers of tar covering the roof made controlling the fire difficult.

Witnesses on the scene tell us seven animals were rescued from the pet store before they were told to abandon efforts.

Several firefighters were taken to the hospital to be treated. Two suffered from heat exhaustion and one had a possible fracture. All are reported in stable condition.

Right now Cherry and Macon Streets are open. A portion of Broad Street remains blocked due to the fire hose on standby for remaining firefighters to deal with any hot spots that might arise.

State fire investigators are expected to arrive later this morning to try to determine the exact cause of the fire.

News 3's Martin Staunton is on the scene with updates on Coastal Sunrise.

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Dozens of firefighters are battling a massive blaze at a strip mall on Cherry Street in downtown Jesup.

The first calls to 911 came in at approximately 8:41 Monday evening.

Our crew on the scene describes it as "controlled chaos" and like "a movie set."

Fire officials say five to six stores have been destroyed and another eight to 10 are damaged.

One firefighter was overcome by heat exhaustion but is expected to be okay.

Officials say the businesses were closed when the fire broke out and no other injuries have been reported.

WSAV has two crews on scene.

We'll have updates throughout the night and on Coastal Sunrise beginning at 5:00 a.m.

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