NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A fire that engulfed an 18-unit apartment building on Thursday is now out, more than four hours after it began.
The fire is said to have began around 2 p.m. on Thursday at The Havens in Barefoot Resort.
The city of North Myrtle Beach said that though the fire is out, Fire Department personnel are still dealing with multiple hot spots and will remain at the scene through the night.
The city went on to say:
Fire/rescue personnel accomplished a second search of the building and it was found that all people and pets did indeed safely evacuate the 18-unit building. It is our understanding that all firefighters are safe as well.
We thank Horry County Fire Rescue, Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue and Calabash (NC) Fire Rescue for providing mutual aid during this fire.
The roof of the building was destroyed in the fire. The building's interior sprinkler system did work, however, what the fire did not impact, water did.
Once the hot spots have been eliminated, the North Myrtle Beach Fire Department will begin work to determine the cause of the fire.
According to officials, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday there were more than 18 fire units on the scene at The Havens in Barefoot Resort off of Catalina Drive.
NMBFR received support from Horry County Fire, Myrtle Beach Fire, and Calabash Fire.
A tweet from the city of North Myrtle Beach stated that as of 3:37 p.m., it appeared all people and pets evacuated the building safely. At this time there is no word on what caused the fire.
There is no word on a cause for the fire that began around 2 p.m.