MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Horry County officials confirm that the first 911 call related to the fire in Carolina Forest actually came in at 5:08 p.m., three minutes and 19 seconds before the previously-reported time.
Apparently, the 911 operator who took that call on the afternoon of Saturday, March 16 was confused about the location of the caller and mistakenly routed it to Myrtle Beach Dispatch, according to a newly-released log of 911 calls from Horry County.
At 5:11:57 p.m., a second person called 911 to report the fire, and a unit from the Carolina Forest Fire Station was dispatched one minute and 33 seconds later.
At 5:13 p.m., the first caller was transferred back to the correct jurisdiction.
Horry County Fire and Rescue's Engine 39 was the first engine on scene, four minutes and 47 seconds after the second 911 call came in, after being dispatched from the Carolina Forest Station.
Within hours, flames had destroyed 26 buildings and 108 housing units in the Windsor Green complex.
Visit the special Carolina Forest Fire section of WMBFNews.com for complete coverage of the fire that destroyed these homes.