HCFR explains response time in wake of townhouse fire

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - After a fire ripped through a townhouse in Carolina Forest, Chief Garry Alderman with Horry County Fire Rescue explained why county crews were not the first to arrive despite a fire station being within a mile of the blaze.

Documents released on Thursday from HCFR show Myrtle Beach Fire was the first to arrive on scene at a townhouse fire inside "The Farm" subdivision of Carolina Forest. That information came as interest to some as there is a county fire station less than a mile from where Monday's blaze occurred.

"If people had been there, if the volunteers had been there that fire would have been there in three or four minutes." said Chief Garry Alderman with Horry County Fire Rescue during an interview on Thursday.

Documents show Horry County Crews arrived nine minutes after the initial call at 07:51:33 p.m. The closest station, station number 45, was empty at the time of the call because it's a volunteer facility and not  one that has to be staffed with a person on-site every hour.

"Sometimes the volunteers sleep at the station but you can't count on that every night because they have jobs to go to and other family commitments." Alderman added.

Monday's fire destroyed one unit of a townhouse complex inside the Farm Community. Anyone wishing to help the family who lost their home is encouraged to make donations at the Ocean View Baptist Church in Carolina Forest.

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