Neighbors rush to save people, pets inside burning homes in North Myrtle Beach

Neighbors rush to save people, pets inside burning homes in North Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Multiple fire agencies were called to fight a fire that impacted three homes Monday afternoon in North Myrtle Beach.

North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue were called to the fire on Blossom Street. They arrived to find one mobile home heavily involved in flames with the fire extending to a neighboring mobile home as well as another house, according to a post by the North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue.

A small woods fire also started across the road from the embers due to the gusty winds, but that was quickly put out.

Firefighters respond to three structure fires in North Myrtle Beach (Source: WMBF News)
Firefighters respond to three structure fires in North Myrtle Beach (Source: WMBF News)

The fire was brought under control with one home being a total loss, one mobile home suffering major damage and another home suffering extensive damage and an additional mobile home suffering some heat damage to just the siding.

Crews worked throughout the day to ensure the fire was fully extinguished and cleared around 9:30 p.m.

Uniform Patrol will have a unit on scene throughout Monday night monitoring for hot spots.

Horry County Fire Rescue helped North Myrtle Beach Fire battle the fires, according to Horry County Fire Rescue spokesperson Tony Casey.

It’s not clear what caused the fires, but neighbors said they heard a loud boom right before the fires started.

One man said he and a few other people rushed inside the burning homes to save the people and pets inside.

“We got all the pets out that we were told were there," Randall Jackson said. "We got all the people out. Three houses either way, and by that time, the first responders got here and started doing what they do.”

Jackson said one of the people he saved was a woman in a wheelchair.

The massive Cherry Grove fire of 2016 right after Hurricane Matthew was just down the street from Monday’s fire.

Walter Jackson who witnessed the fire said that was the first thing that came to mind.

“I was here the night it burnt. I was here through that storm, and that’s the first thing that entered my mind. Is that going to happen again? Because it could have,” Jackson said.

Fire officials said no one was hurt in Monday’s fire. Neighbors said the firefighters are to thank for that.

“I would really hate for this to happen to me and my neighbors, but as long as these guys are there. They were fast. They did a really good job," Jackson said.

Myrtle Beach Fire and Calabash Fire provided coverage for North Myrtle Beach while firefighters were getting the fires on Blossom Street under control.

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