4-alarm fire injures 3, destroys 2 homes in North Myrtle Beach
Units from Grand Strand, North Carolina respond
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Crews responded to a fire in the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach just after 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The Division Chief Full was the first Chief Officer to arrive along with the first fire apparatus and established Duffy Street Command.
A large column of smoke was reported by Engine 2 pulling out from their station.
Units arrived on the scene of 28th Avenue North and Duffy Street to find one home heavily engulfed in flames that were rapidly spreading to two neighboring homes with energized utility lines down also.
A city spokesperson told WMBF News that three people were hurt in the blaze. Information on the extent of injuries for the people involved was not immediately available.
Due to the magnitude of the incident, additional units were requested to the scene.
“Crews operating on scene did a phenomenal job in containing the fire from spreading any further and bringing the chaotic scene under control as quickly as possible,” North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue said in a statement.
North Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Garry Spain also told WMBF News that two homes were destroyed in the fire.
The occupants of the home where the fire originated were transported by Medic units to the ER for further medical care.
The two adjacent homes were not occupied at the time of the fire and property owners from both came out to meet with Fire Department personnel later in the incident.
There were no other injuries to civilians or Emergency Personnel operating on the scene.
Crews remained on the scene throughout the day until 5 p.m. before finally clearing all personnel. The Police Department and fire personnel will maintain a watch overnight on the impacted structures.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by our Fire Marshal’s Office as all fires are. There have been no official updates or information released regarding a cause for this fire.
This incident is officially recorded as a 4th Alarm fire.
According to the official report, three homes suffered extensive fire damage, two homes were impacted by minor heat damage melting some of the vinyl sidings but not impacting anything else with these homes.
Coverage units helping out in North Myrtle Beach ran several other calls for service while all personnel were on the scene.
Units that operated on the fire scene and provided coverage include Engine 2, Engine 4, Engine 1, Engine 5, Squad 3, Truck 1, Battalion 1, Car 1, Car 2, Car 3, Car 4, Car 10, and Car 12.
In addition Off Duty Battalion Chief M. Davis came in to coordinate responses for rest of the City and Off Duty Battalion Chief Overholser came in to assist in coordinating the recall of available off-duty personnel.
NMBFR ended up with nine personnel from B and C Battalions coming in to assist with several others who were available to respond later in the day if still needed.
Horry County Fire Rescue units that operated on the fire scene and provided coverage include Engine 7, Engine 2, Squad 18, Medic 32, Medic 2, Basic 18, Basic 7, QRV 7, Battalion 1, EMS 1, Rehab 43, and Asst Chief Nash.
Myrtle Beach Fire Department units that operated on the fire scene and provided coverage include Engine 2, Engine 5, and Safety 3. In addition, Truck 5 staffed our Station 3 in Windy Hill for coverage.
Calabash Fire Department units that operated on the fire scene and provided coverage include Engine 1272.
City of Conway Fire Department units that operated on the fire scene and provided coverage include Engine 51 and Chief 51 provided coverage at our Station 1 in Ocean Drive.
Sunset Beach Fire Department NC units that operated on the fire scene and provided coverage include Engine 4 along with their Chief provided coverage at Station 2 in Cherry Grove and assisted later with an overhaul at the incident scene.
North Myrtle Beach Police assisted with scene control and PD Command Staff responded to the scene assisting FD Command Staff with logistical support throughout the incident providing a big help.
North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue released the following statement:
“City of North Myrtle Beach Street Department, Water Department, and Public Works staff provided a huge help early on in the incident with personnel who were in the area that help initially stretch 5″ supply lines to hydrants. The Water Department boosted pressure in the area to help with a water supply and several members returned to help Fire personnel to load up the significant amount of 5″ that had been used from 3 separate fire hydrants. These guys didn’t hesitate to step in and offer assistance. We greatly appreciate them.
“Santee Cooper crews wasted no time getting on the scene early on, arriving just behind the first units on scene to quickly secure power to the affected area so crews could get attack lines in service. They then stuck around for a couple of hours to assist while working to get power back to homes not impacted as quickly as possible. Great work guys.
“A special thanks to Mr. Bowles who lived across the street from the fires and provided the area underneath his home for firefighters to find shade and rest while swapping crews out and continuously checking on our personnel to see if anything was needed.
“Thanks to the nearby neighbors who offered bottled water and snacks to our personnel as well throughout the day.
“As you can see this was truly a team effort from many agencies and individuals.
“We greatly appreciate all who helped throughout the day.
“We are very proud of our personnel for the work they put in today.
Our continued thoughts and prayers are with those affected today by these fires.”
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