LORIS, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Fire Rescue crews were on the scene of single wide mobile home fire in the Cherry Hill area of Loris Monday morning, according to Battalion Chief Brian Van Aernem with HCFR.
Crews were called out to the scene of Flower Lane in Loris just before 3 a.m. Van Aernem said when crews arrived, the fire was well involved, and crews worked to put out the flames.
No one was inside the home during the fire, Van Aernem said. The source of the fire came from the back of the mobile home, where the majority of the damage was. The home is a complete loss, and there is no official cause to the fire at this time, Van Aernem added.
Antonisha Monge, who was renting the destroyed home, said she woke up at about 1 a.m. because the heat wasn't working, and a funny smell was coming through the air vents. She texted her landlord and left to stay with a family in North Carolina.
When Monge showed up at the scene with her young son and saw what she had lost, she began sobbing. The only thing left from the fire that she took was a melted basketball and her son's tricycle.
Jack Thompson, Monge's neighbor, said he helped the family move in just one week ago, and he helped them fix a flat tire on Sunday morning. He said Monge's family complained to other families in the area that the heat was going out, and there was something wrong with the furnace.
Thompson requested that Horry County Fire rescue check the furnaces of other homes on the street, because he was worried that was the cause of the fire on Monday morning.
The Loris Fire Department assisted HCFR with putting out the blaze.