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Officials say response time to Carolina Forest Fire was under 5 minutes

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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - The official response time for the fire at Windsor Green on Saturday has been narrowed down to 4 minutes and 47 seconds, according to Horry County officials.

Horry County Fire and Rescue's Engine 39 was the first engine on scene after the first official 911 call came in at 5:12 p.m., dispatched from the Carolina Forest Station.

Within hours, flames had destroyed 26 buildings and 108 housing units in the Windsor Green complex.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Environmental Control released the affected area over to A&I Fire and Water Restoration. Families who lost everything are now being allowed in to sift through the rubble.

If residents choose to visit their building sites, they are required to sign in with A&I at an off-site trailer, and sign an "Assumption of Risk, Release and Indemnification Agreement," according to a news release from Benchmark Management, the company that manages the Windsor Green complex.

Residents must show identification, and the management company asks residents and unit owners to minimize the amount of trips entering and leaving as much as possible.

During the last two days, crews have been going through the rubble left from the burned buildings, and the items have been on site at the Horry County Sheriff's Office. A&I says there hasn't been much found, but most of the recovered belongings were kept in lock boxes.

County official Lisa Bourcier confirms that a volunteer firefighter suffered cardiac arrest on scene and was transferred to Grand Strand Regional. They are still there, but expected to make a full recovery.

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