Officials hold news conference alerting residents of smoke alarm importance

Officials hold news conference alerting residents of smoke alarm importance

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach officials held a news conference Tuesday in reference to the house fire that displaced seven people on Racepath Street, December 20. The conference also included the number of fire alarms that have been installed since 2014 in Horry County.

Smoke detectors were installed in the house over MLK weekend. The woman who lives there wasn't home at the time, but her son and daughter were home with the daughter's three children. The daughter noticed the smoke detector going off.

Officials said 1,900 hundred smoke detectors have been installed in Horry County, and until the whole county is covered, officials will continue blitzes.

Smoke alarm blitzes are conducted in a partnership with the American Red Cross and Grand Strand Health.

Below is a list of smoke alarm blitzes:

  • Oct 2014- Bucksport community - approx.. 394 alarms installed
  • Dec 2014- Cedar Branch community- approx. 180 alarms installed
  • Jan 2015- Race path community- approx. 184 alarms installed
  • September 25, 2015, a fire occurred at 1649 Race Path St . Smoke alarms installed during the blitz alerted the residents.
  • December 20 occurred at 1672 Race Path St. Smoke alarm installations alerted the residents.
  • Sept. 2015- Atlantic Beach community- approximately 74 alarms installed
  • Dec. 2015- Gale Acres community- approximately 120 alarms installed

"At the end of the day, as long as I can touch and hold my family, that's all that counts. Everything that we lost was material things and in the long run, we can get it back, but as far as my children, I wouldn't be able to get their lives back."

"I feel that if it wasn't for the efforts of the Red Cross along with the fire department, Horry County and Myrtle Beach Fire Department, that I probably would've lost the majority of my family that day,"  Schanski Hemingway said.

To view coverage on the most recent fire on Racepath Street, tap here. 

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