HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A leak from a water heater at the South Strand Medical Center prompted a response from the Horry County Fire Rescue's HAZMAT team Tuesday morning.
The team initially responded to the area near the South Strand Medical Center for a report of a strange, strong smell, according to HCFR spokesman Mark Nugent.
The HAZMAT team arrived at the 5000 block of Highway 17 Bypass at about 11:40 a.m. The building was evacuated, the crews were still trying to determine the source of the odor as of 12:05 p.m.
Mark Nugent confirmed that a water heater leak was the cause of the smell, and the scene was cleared by about 12:50 p.m.