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SCPRT: More than 20 animals were inside Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center at time of fire

A fire destroyed the nature center at Huntington Beach State Park. (Source: Jonathan Dick) A fire destroyed the nature center at Huntington Beach State Park. (Source: Jonathan Dick)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – More than 20 animals were inside of the Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center early Wednesday morning when a fire broke out and destroyed the building.

According to information from Dawn Dawson-House with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the inventory indicates the animals were:

  • A sting ray
  • A horse shoe crab
  • Jelly fish
  • Two hatchling alligators
  • Nine turtles
  • Five snakes
  • A glass lizard
  • Frogs
  • A marbled salamander
  • An undetermined number of other types of marine animals and marine life in aquariums

Dawson-House added Huntington Beach State Park is open to visitors.

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All facilities at both the north and south end, including the boardwalk and observation deck that were near the education center, are open, she added.

The preliminary investigation determined that a lightning strike was the probable cause of the fire.

Midway Fire Rescue received a call Wednesday around 2:30 a.m., about a fire that occurred at the nature center.

Dawson-House said SCPRT does plan to rebuild the center. The clean-up phase is currently taking place.

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Lightning probable cause of fire that killed animals, destroyed Nature Center at Huntington Beach State Park

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