MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue crews battled a vacant house fire on Camellia Drive in the early morning hours Sunday. Investigators were called to the scene once the fire was put out.
According to Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Charles Miller, a Myrtle Beach Police officer was driving through the neighborhood and saw a glow in the air. That officer followed the glow to the fire in the 3900 block of Camellia Drive and reported the fire just after 4:45 a.m. Fire crews arrived shortly after and found flames shooting 40 feet into the air.
People who lived nearby gathered outside their homes to watch crews battle the fire. One neighbor who did not wish to be identified said there were loud bangs and it sounded like fireworks were going off.
"One of our dogs got out," she said. "I got that dog back in the house then came back to see what happened. I woke up a couple of neighbors just in case, because it's been a little breezy tonight and everything. And I let them know it's a big fire, because this is not the first time one's been at this property."
No one was in the home at the time. Battalion Chief Miller said it is a vacant house, and no nearby homes were in any danger.
A Myrtle Beach Police officer on scene said this is not the first time a fire has been reported at this house and there have been reports of drug activity connected with this home in the past.
"This is the worst," said the neighbor who didn't want to be identified. "There's been a couple fires here after something said about drug activity and all of that. I can't confirm anything like that, but there was people who stayed here before and supposedly it was bothering a lot of people about it."
There were more than a dozen firefighters on scene to fight this fire. It is now under investigation by Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue.