NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Fire crews responded to a fire at an townhouse complex on Poinsett Street near 34th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach Monday morning. Ten people were displaced after the fire destroyed one unit, and did damage to another, according to North Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Garry Spain.
One person was transported to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation, according to North Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Spain. The second victim drove to the hospital. There were two people inside the unit at the time of the fire, but everyone was able to get out safely, according to NMB Department of Public Safety spokesman Patrick Dowling.
"There was an occupant hanging out of the second floor window that we had to rescue," Chief Spain said. "There was another individual that self rescued."
On Wednesday, North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue posted dramatic video of one of the occupants being rescued - watch it below:
"I screamed at her, stay there! He's right here! Not a half second later, here comes North Myrtle Beach Fire with the ladder," said Mark Muth, who shot the cell phone video. "They climbed up and got her out safely, and probably within two minutes, that whole window was just engulfed in flames."
One of the three units in the building was deemed a complete loss, and there was some damage to the unit beside it, Chief Spain said. Ten people total are displaced as a result of the fire, Chief Spain confirmed. Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.
"It's very sad, everybody should be happy this time of year," displaced resident Tara Shafer said. "I guess it makes you a little bit more grateful for what we do have."
Crews responded to the fire shortly before 9 a.m. About 45 firefighters and officers from North Myrtle Beach Fire, Horry County Fire, and North Myrtle Beach Police responded to the blaze.
"It was scary," Shafer said. "I didn't know if we were gonna lose our house, or everything that we own, if somebody got hurt, it was devastating."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The investigation is expected to take a while, as the damage is extensive, according to Chief Spain.
Spain offers out advice to all, during the holiday season: "We need to keep the trees hydrated. We just need to make sure there's no flammables around and right now we probably have residents that's had Christmas trees up now for 30-45 days and they're starting to get dry - we need to be really careful with those trees."
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the victims of the fire, you can find it here: https://www.gofundme.com/jgfvhwek