ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire at a club in Atlantic Beach Sunday afternoon at the center of Bikefest; the fire spread to apartments next door, and a firefighter was transported for heat exhaustion, officials said.
When WMBF News reporter Josh Roberson arrived at the scene of the fire on 30th Ave. South near Ocean Boulevard, Horry County Fire Rescue firefighters and paramedics were on scene.
"26 years of working this event for me and this is the first time we've had a fire during the memorial day festival." said Chief Deputy Scott Thompson.
"We have first responder units stationed in Atlantic Beach because of the traffic situation. They were on sight. They were able to get down here quick, and with all the law enforcement presence, they were able to open the roads up for us."
The fire started at Club Off the Hook and spread to the apartments next door, according to the Horry County Joint Information Center. One HCFR firefighters was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.
"The crowds were excellent. They made way for us to get in and were very helpful on telling us which direction to go." said Thompson.
"We were sitting there trying to enjoy ourselves, and first it was a small smoke and nobody was concerned. Then the smoke got larger, and then I started seeing the smoke coming out of the roof." said festival goer, Kevin Brown.
North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling confirmed their fire department provided mutual aid.
Red Cross was called out to assist the family and investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire at this time.