HCFR: Lightning blamed for two-alarm fire

Carolina Forest, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Fire investigators have determined a lightning strike is to blame for a two-alarm fire in Horry County early Friday evening.

Leslie Yancey, spokeswoman for Horry County Fire Rescue, said firefighters were dispatched to an address on Volterra Way just before 5 p.m. The fire affected two units in a multi-unit housing complex, according to Yancey..

Officials said the lightning struck one unit and sparked a fire, which spread to a second unit.

The unit where the fire started was unoccupied and no one was inside the unit next door when the fire broke out. Officials say they're lucky no one was injured.

The fire did cause quite a stir among residents in the neighborhood just off Forestbrook Road.

Del Worden and his wife live three units down from where the lightning struck and they thank their neighbors for making sure they get out.

"My neighbor across the street came over and said you need to get out of here because the building area, the first unit down there is on fire. He said there's flames five, six feet high coming out of the roof," Worden said.

Doris Barker lives across the street and she says she's never seen anything like the fire in her life.

"It was very frightening. We are 80 years old and we've never had anything like this happen to us and, but I am thankful that the firewall held and that helped a great deal, but it was very scary."

Horry County Fire Rescue received mutual aid from the Myrtle Beach Fire Department and Conway Fire Department.

There is no word on how much it will cost to fix the damage caused by the fire.

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