North Myrtle Beach Flea Market catches fire for second time this year
HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Crews responded to a two-alarm fire Thursday afternoon at the North Myrtle Beach Flea Market, according to officials.
According to information from Horry County Fire Rescue, crews were dispatched at 2:45 p.m. to the flea market at 100 Highway 17 in Little River. It’s the second time in less than four months the building has caught fire.
It’s left some people in the Little River community in a state of shock, bringing them unwanted deja-vu.
“The sad part is we were in the building that burned down in February,” said Jerry Pernia, whose business was located in the building that caught fire. “We lost everything. There’s no insurance. When you lose stuff it’s a tough road.”
Pernia also said he can’t believe another fire happened again this year.
“Twice in three months,” he said. “That’s just odd. I mean I couldn’t win the lottery, I couldn’t beat that kind of odds happening with anything else.”
Christie Fuller, a part-time worker at the flea market, was also stunned by Thursday’s fire.
“I had people call me to tell me another building in the flea market was on fire,” she said. “So I just came over real quick to make sure it wasn’t the building we were in but it’s not. But I feel bad for everyone because they’ve lost everything again.”
Another woman who worked at the flea market told WMBF News that it’s a sad day for some families, who will now have to ponder their next steps.
“They have children to feed. The pandemic is going on,” she said. “[They thought] hopefully they’re about to finish up and give people some relief. And now I’m sure they think, what’s next I guess?”
“We thought oh Memorial Day weekend, it’s going to be busy, we’re going to do great,” added Perina. “Then the news hits, everything’s gone.”
HCFR spokesman Tony Casey said the fire was out as of around 6 p.m., as City of North Myrtle Beach crews cleared the scene shortly before then.
Northbound lanes of Highway 17 were then reopened later in the evening after being closed for several hours.
As of Thursday night, no injuries were reported.
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