Highway 501 reopened after welcome center fire

Units on scene during blaze Friday (Source: WMBF News Photographer Ian Dorety)
Units on scene during blaze Friday (Source: WMBF News Photographer Ian Dorety)
Source: WMBF News Photographer Ian Dorety
Source: WMBF News Photographer Ian Dorety
Source: WMBF News Photographer Ian Dorety
Source: WMBF News Photographer Ian Dorety

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Traffic will continue to be slow moving Friday afternoon after a two alarm blaze at a Myrtle Beach Welcome Center shut down the beach bound lanes of Highway 501.

Leslie Yancey, spokeswoman for Horry County Fire Rescue, said firefighters were on scene at 806 E. Hwy. 501. When units arrived, they found flames showing from the building.

Mutual aid is also being given by the Myrtle Beach and Conway fire departments at this time.

At this time, firefighters are still attempting to put out the fire, Yancey said. An investigator told WMBF News on scene that no one was hurt in the fire.

Beach bound Highway 501 was closed due to the fire. Officials then rerouted traffic into one lane moving toward Conway, offering travel in both eastbound and westbound directions.

Around 12:30 p.m., Joe Graham with the SC Department of Transportation said all lanes of Highway 501 were open once more, though motorists should continue to use caution in the area.

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