Crews battle fire in store's greeting card aisle

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Horry County firefighters battled an early-morning fire at a 24-hour grocery store Friday, according to Horry County Fire Rescue officials.

HCFR spokeswoman Leslie Yancey said crews were called to the Bi-Lo store at 5020 Dick Pond Rd. around 2:30 a.m. to a fire that appeared to begin in the store's greeting card aisle. Employees at the store reported the fire, and said the sprinkler system contained the fire until crews arrived.

Nine units from HCFR and Myrtle Beach Fire responded and quickly controlled the fire.

In a statement issued Friday morning by email, Bi-Lo Regional VP Rusty Streetman said all customers and employees were evacuated safely. Streetman said the safety and well-being is one of the company's top priorities, noting the response from HCFR and MBFD were thorough in their response.

"We have contacted the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control regarding this matter and are working with our store teams and area organizations to re-open for business as quickly as possible," Streetman said. "BI-LO is fully cooperating with the Myrtle Beach Police Department on the investigation of the fire. Because the investigation is ongoing, BI-LO will not comment further on the events leading up to the fire."

No injuries were reported, and the fire is currently under investigation.

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