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Firefighters converged on downtown Bamberg on Tuesday night to prevent a fire from spreading to additional downtown buildings.

Among the buildings that burned was the former Tobul Accumulators headquarters, which was vacant. The building next to it was also on fire.

“It’s painful and I think it’s going to be painful for a lot of people,” Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg, said as he watched fire consume the buildings.

But as the temperature dropped into the 30s, Bamberg said the response showed the dedication of the county's firefighters and first responders.

Firefighters came from throughout Bamberg County, plus surrounding areas.

“It’s all hands on deck here,” Bamberg said.

“It’s cold, they’re here getting wet and doing what they’ve got to do,” he said.

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