Blast at refinery hurts 28

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Doctors Hospital initiated its disaster reaction plan Thursday night, offering the services of its Joseph M. Still Burn Center and flying one of its burn surgeons to Savannah, Ga., for those injured in a late-night sugar refinery explosion.

"Our disaster plan is in action," said Beth Frits, a center spokeswoman, adding that as of 9:30 p.m., she knew of 10 critical patients being flown Thursday night to the burn center.

"We just don't know how many more we'll be getting," she said.

The Savannah Morning News reported Thursday night that 28 people had been injured in the explosion and fire at the Dixie Crystal Brands sugar refinery near Savannah. No fatalities had been reported.

Ms. Frits said all four of the center's burn surgeons had been alerted, one of which -- Dr. Fred Mullins -- flew from Augusta to Savannah about 9:15 p.m. along with three of his physician assistants to help at the scene of the accident and at a nearby hospital.

"They can better help assess the burn injuries there and help with that triage situation," she said. "We will treat the most critical."

Ms. Frits said the burn center has 59 beds dedicated to victims, but they have treated as many as 75 patients in the past by using other parts of the hospital.

"We will do all we can to accommodate those critical," she said. "It's so sad. My body has chills to think about how many people are injured by this."

Reach Staff Writer Preston Sparks at (706) 863-3338 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

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MATTERS2ME2
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MATTERS2ME2 02/08/08 - 02:54 am
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OKAY time for all Augustans

OKAY time for all Augustans to pull together and show our compassion and hospitality to the victims and their families..sometimes it takes many months for burn victims to heal... the added expense and mental stress on families as well as the patient can even take longer to get over.. Please let us all come together to help... and Especially PRAY for all these people. DONATE.. BLOOD, MONEY, MEALS, SNACKS, WHATEVER YOU CAN DO!!! Will keep Lifting you all in Prayer!!!

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Fiat_Lux 02/08/08 - 08:00 am
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We also could use an editor

We also could use an editor who understands the grammtical differences among 'who', 'whom', 'which' and 'that'. This is embarrassing.

fd1962
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fd1962 02/08/08 - 09:08 am
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Fiat, a little thing like
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Fiat, a little thing like accuracy never bothered the Chronicleers. Where've you been?

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 02/08/08 - 09:31 am
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fiat....some days i am

fiat....some days i am reminded of the rolling stones tune"gimme shelter"... i'm sure in view of the disaster and the ensuing sorrow and troubles these people are experiencing, mere grammatical errors pale in comparison. why did you bother....????

mojo
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mojo 02/08/08 - 10:07 am
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matters2me makes a good point

matters2me makes a good point - what's the best way to show our hospitality these visitors in difficult circumstances? Is there a group that we should contact?

WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 02/08/08 - 10:16 am
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Long live the Grammar Police!

Long live the Grammar Police!

CINDYLOUWHO
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CINDYLOUWHO 02/08/08 - 12:00 pm
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i completely agree play!!!!

i completely agree play!!!!

swolf612000
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swolf612000 02/08/08 - 01:10 pm
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mojo, check here:

mojo, check here: http://www.theburncenter.org/burnretreat.htm
there's information under "supporting SEBF".

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eilinel 02/08/08 - 01:38 pm
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Six bodies have been found

Six bodies have been found and 17 more people are unaccounted for. One of the dead is the uncle of a friend, please pray for his family, the families of the other dead and the 17 unaccounted for.

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mag5 02/08/08 - 02:01 pm
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Heard this blast in Rincon

Heard this blast in Rincon

iletuknow
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iletuknow 02/08/08 - 05:11 pm
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Please do not rebuild this

Please do not rebuild this pollution spewing monster that has been responsible for untold secondary deaths through the years. (Ex Savannah resident)

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georgepattersonIII 02/08/08 - 10:16 pm
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As a person that loves your

As a person that loves your city (I do Have Family there) I wish to sincerely thank the Citizens of your Fine City and Hospitals for doing all you have done........it has made such a great contribution in this devisating time of need!

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JenniferR 02/09/08 - 01:22 am
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Im from Augusta now living in

Im from Augusta now living in Savannah this is a horrible tragedy. I read everything people are doing for these families in Augusta, Keep up the good work guys and pray for the families in this time of need.

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nurseychic 02/10/08 - 08:35 am
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Mojo, I am one of the nurses

Mojo, I am one of the nurses that work in the Burn Center. Thanks for asking how you can help.
The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation helps familys with food, shelter and other needs. You can contact them if you would like to help out. Their number is (706) 650-2876 and they are located at 3614 J Dewey Gray Circle, Augusta, GA 30909. Also keep an ear out for the rodeo that they sponsor in April. It is a big event which is a lot of fun.
Also if you or anyone you know could donate blood it would be a tremendous help! Please use Shepeard Blood Center though because their donations stay right here in the area, the Red Cross sends theirs to other areas. Thanks so much for caring.

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