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Socastee American Legion post damaged by fire previously rebuilt after flooding from Hurricane Matthew

Firefighters remove several mementos from an American Legion post that caught fire Thursday in the Socastee area. (Source: Horry County Fire Rescue) Firefighters remove several mementos from an American Legion post that caught fire Thursday in the Socastee area. (Source: Horry County Fire Rescue)
Firefighters responded to a blaze Thursday afternoon at an American Legion post in Socastee. (Source: Patrick Lloyd) Firefighters responded to a blaze Thursday afternoon at an American Legion post in Socastee. (Source: Patrick Lloyd)
Firefighters responded to a blaze Thursday afternoon at an American Legion post in Socastee. (Source: Patrick Lloyd) Firefighters responded to a blaze Thursday afternoon at an American Legion post in Socastee. (Source: Patrick Lloyd)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Firefighters responded to a blaze in the Socastee area Thursday afternoon.

According to a tweet from Horry County Fire Rescue, crews were on the scene at the American Legion building for a working fire.

The building is located at 5811 Creekside Drive.

According to fire officials, the call came in at 2:22 p.m. on Thursday. Crews arrived six minutes later and had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, according to firefighters. A cause has not yet been determined.

Only part of the building was damaged by the blaze, and firefighters were able to remove several mementos from inside, according to an HCFR post.

Last fall, following Hurricane Matthew and subsequent flooding in the area, much of the building took on between 16 and 18 inches of water, suffering major damage. 

The Legion received thousands of dollars in donations to assist with the repairs. 

Bill Shoe, the finance officer for the American Legion Post 40, became quite emotional Thursday talking about the two disasters the building he endured in less than a year.

"You see so much destruction in life,  and there's nothing you can do about it except look up to him - the almighty God," Shoe said.

Robert Harper, the vice commander for the American Legion Post 40, said the situation is tragic, but if there's anyone who knows how to recover from difficult situations, it's veterans.

“It’s a long, hard road, but however long it takes, this won’t stop us," Harper said. "That’s the military way of doing things. This won’t stop us.”

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