Lightning strikes cause busy night for Murrells Inlet-Garden City first responders

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - First responders answered more than six calls within an hour in the Murrells Inlet and Garden City areas on Monday night.

Murrells Inlet-Garden City fire crews responded to seven calls, the first one happening at 8:14 p.m., said Captain Howerton.

Lightning strikes disconnected communication from the Georgetown center, so fire station crews were forced to take calls and self-dispatch, Capt. Howerton explained. They had to prioritize calls.

Smoke was reported in a house in Ocean Side Village off Curlew Road. Units were on the scene after 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Crews assisted Horry County Fire Rescue in a motor vehicle accident off Enterprise Road.

Lightning set off at least three alarms at residences, restaurants and buildings. All were false alarms, however crews were dispatched and responded.

Due to the amount of calls, Midway Fire crews responded to a call in the MIGC district.

There are three stations in the district. Eleven full-time firefighters and four part-time firefighters work per shift, Capt. Howerton confirmed.

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