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Firefighters respond to house fire during Hurricane Matthew

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - According to Chief Doug Eggiman with Midway Fire Rescue, a house fire started early Saturday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Chief Eggiman believes that one of the residents who did not evacuate from Pawleys Island spotted the fire and called for help.

When fire crews arrived, the house was fully involved and the wind was blowing the embers, putting the houses on either side at risk.

When the initial call came in, crews first verified the wind speed with dispatch before responding. The wind was blowing between 20 to 30 miles per hour. Midway Fire Rescue does not respond when sustained winds reach 50 mph because doing so is not safe. Crews cannot raise their ladder when wind speeds are over 35 mph, so they responded with hoses and hand lines, says Chief Eggiman.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire, and returned to the scene to put out hot spots when conditions improved.

There is no word on the cause of the fire, according to Chief Eggiman.

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