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Burning sugar slows Georgia refinery search

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say the search for workers still missing after a Georgia sugar refinery blast is being slowed by gusty winds and still-burning sugar.

Authorities say the bodies of five people have been recovered, but at least three other people are missing. Twenty people have been hospitalized with severe burns, 17 of them in medically induced comas.

One of the refinery's silos blew up late Thursday, possibly after combustible dust ignited.

Crews have been using cranes to shore up three badly damaged storage silos that rescuers want to search for the missing men. But today, mounds of sugary sludge have been pouring out of the silos and solidifying into a concrete-like substance.

Officials say strong winds coming off the Savannah River are making conditions even more hazardous for searchers. They say helicopters are being brought in to help put out the flames.

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