Firefighters respond to fire at tobacco barn in Horry County

Source: Ian Dorety
Source: Ian Dorety
Source: Ian Dorety
Source: Ian Dorety
Source: Ian Dorety
Source: Ian Dorety

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Fire Rescue crews responded to a fire at a tobacco barn on Highway 917 Thursday morning.

Units were working the structure fire with multiple exposures at about 5 a.m. Thursday morning, and had a tank and water shuttle in place for a water supply, according to a tweet from HCFR's Justin Gibbins.

About 3,500 pounds of dry tobacco and $8,000 of product was lost in the fire, according to Cameron Shelley, the co-owner of the farm. The fire started in a trailer they use to store tobacco – it is used to slowly dry out tobacco over several days. The trailer is completely destroyed, but the other trailers were not damaged.

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