HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Fire Rescue crews responded to a fire at a house on Highway 501 northwest of Conway Thursday morning, officials confirmed.
Two people were home at the time of the fire, and both were able to get out of the house safely, according to the HCFR Battalion Chief Kenny Todd. A wild possum apparently died in the fire, Todd said.
Horry County Fire Rescue was the primary agency on the scene of the fire, which was in the 4100 block of Highway 501, according to Conway Fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Carter. Conway Fire dispatched one fire engine for mutual aid, he said.
The call for the fire came in at about 7:15 a.m., and was under control within about 30 minutes, Todd confirmed. About 20 to 25 firefighters responded, and traffic on Highway 501 was reduced to one lane.
The fire started in the attic, and caused major damage to the home, Todd added. The Red Cross was on scene to assist the two displaced residents.
The cause of the fire might be electrical, Todd speculated, but it is still under investigation.