MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) – First responders fought a fire that broke out in the workshop for The Plantation Shutter Company in Murrells Inlet early Wednesday morning.
According to Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Rescue Chief Knight, the fire started in the back of the building, and worked its way to the front. The Plantation Shutter Company owns three buildings in the vicinity; an officer space next door and another building that is not visible off of the road.
A man on the scene who identified himself as the company's manager said he called 911. He said he typically arrives to work around 3:30 a.m., as he did Wednesday morning. He noticed the electricity in the workshop was not on, and went in through the back to check out what was going on. He said when he went inside, he was met by a small fire.
The manager said he immediately called 911, and first responders were there within minutes. They quickly got the flames out, with mutual aid from Surfside Beach Fire Department, Horry County Fire Rescue, and Midway Fire Rescue.
Fire officials told the manager, he said, that if he hadn't noticed the fire right when he did, the building would have probably been completely destroyed. It could have been much worse if that happened, the manager said, because the propane tanks between the workshop and office building could have ignited.
Luckily, the actual building was not a total loss, but unfortunately the materials and equipment the company owns inside it are destroyed.
The owner came out and spoke to WMBF News crews, but did not want to go on camera. He did tell crews, however, that he has insurance and hoped to bounce back quickly. He also said his employees would be taken care of.
Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.