HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – One year after the devastating fire that destroyed dozens of condos at the Windsor Green complex in Carolina Forest, those displaced by the fire held a "Restoration celebration."
The Windsor Green Homeowners Association organized the welcome back party for the residents of Windsor Green and Windsor Green II, and honored the first responders, A&I Fire and Water Restoration, and the many agencies who helped the community.
"Being in restoration business, we deal with disasters daily but nothing compared to this. Nothing at this magnitude on one property," said Todd Setzer with A&I Fire and Water Restoration.
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A plaque dedicated to Deputy Sheriff Tim Causey was presented during the event. Deputy Sheriff Causey was one of the first responders to the fire at Windsor Green, and was hospitalized for smoke inhalation days after the fire. Officials said he was also diagnosed with the H1N1 virus and was on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma at the Medical University of South Carolina before passing away on May 19, 2013.
"We're very glad to get these residents back in their home, but unfortunately Timmy....he wasn't around for Christmas , Valentine's Day, Father's Day...the Causey family continues to hurt," said Sgt. Jeff Benton with the Horry County Sheriff's Office.
A ceremony recognized several other people and organizations who have helped those affected by the fire, including Horry County Fire Chief Fred Crosby, Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes, Horry County Chairman Mark Lazarus, and A&I Fire Restoration.
"Saying 'thank you' to these guys is like giving them a paycheck. It helps them understand that the public understands what they do every day," said Battalion Chief Brian VanAernam with Horry County Fire Rescue.
WMBF News reporter Stephanie Robusto was at today's "Restoration Celebration" event, and will have a full report on WMBF News this evening.