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Investigators search for signs of arson in construction site fire

A canine from Greenville sniffs the scene for signs of possible arson. Source: Drew Hansen A canine from Greenville sniffs the scene for signs of possible arson. Source: Drew Hansen
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A home under construction on Beaufort River Road caught fire early Friday morning, according to Chief Knight with Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Rescue. Investigators are checking for signs of possible arson.

The call came in at around 4:30 a.m. Friday, according to Chief Norma Knight with Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Rescue. When MIGCFR crews arrived in the Lakes Community just off 17 Bypass, one house was fully involved. Because the home was just wood framing, there was nothing to stop the fire from spreading instantly, said MIGC Fire Inspector Gary Mocarski. He said the home went up like a watch, and would have taken only about five minutes to be fully-engulfed in flame.

Shortly after, the house collapsed. It is unknown house far along construction on the home was. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames fairly quickly, then focused on putting out hot spots. A neighboring house had heat damage on its side.

The home is a total loss, but if the foundation was cured before the fire started, then the developer should be able to clean up the debris and rebuild, according to Mocarski.

A canine from Greenville was sent to sniff the scene for signs of possible arson, according to Horry County Fire Rescue Investigator Doug Wilson. They do not believe there was power to the lot, so they do not believe the fire was started by an electrical source.

Because the home was on the line dividing MIGC Fire Rescue and HCFR, crews from both departments were dispatched, Chief Knight said. Horry County police were also on scene.


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