HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County fire investigators are looking into Saturday mornings' three-alarm fire in on Wesley Street and Clay Pond Road, to find out what may have ignited the large blaze.
The fire was contained to the building, which is being used as a mechanic and auto-body shop. several cars inside were completely destroyed. The second story of the building collapsed, and the roof is bowing.
Kevin Mayberry was on his way home from work when he noticed flames lighting up the sky. He realized the building next to his home was on fire, "My first thought was someone fell asleep in there, so I just called 911."
The fire started in a warehouse on Wesley Street and Clay Pond Road, near the Freestyle Music Park on Saturday around 4:00 a.m.
"You could hear the building, the framework, bending and buckling, could hear things exploding on the inside," Mayberry continued.
Investigators are working hard to determine the cause of the fire. While K9 units were on the scene, they could not be used in this particular investigation. Sometimes K9's are brought in to sniff for accelerant's, but in this case there are too many objects that would give the dogs false hits, like the cars in the shop that had gasoline in them.
The owner said he received a call just before 5 a.m. informing him that his building was on fire. The people that live next to the shop saw the smoke and called 911. He said the business leasing the building has insurance.
While crews work on finding a cause, investigators are offering a reward for anyone with information regarding the fire. They are still working to identify if the fire was arson or accidental, and any information could help.