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BAMBERG — Crews have extinguished a fire that burned four buildings in downtown Bamberg.

Bamberg Fire Chief Timmie Taylor said the fire was reported on the city's main street shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

No injuries have been reported.

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At least one building collapsed and firefighters tore down another building to keep the flames from spreading. Parts of a city street were closed by debris on the road. Most of the buildings were vacant.

Fire departments in Bamberg and Orangeburg counties responded.

There is no word yet on what sparked the fire.

Among the buildings that burned was the former Tobul Accumulators headquarters, which was vacant.

Firefighters battle blaze in downtown Bamberg

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

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

“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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This story is updated from a report from the scene Tuesday night by T&D Managing Editor Gene Crider.

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