HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - It's been six weeks since the Carolina Forest Fire ripped through the Windsor Green subdivision, but some neighbors say remnants of the destruction are still too close to home.
"It's been such a long time," said Windsor Green neighbor Peggy McCloskey. "I'm wondering why they haven't taken it out of here yet."
The rubble is confined mainly to one section of Windsor Green. Much of the area destroyed by the fire has been cleared, and some construction crews are even doing prep work for rebuilding the homes. But charred wood, rubble, and even the skeleton of a destroyed home is still clearly visible to some homeowners, and they're worried it could be hazardous to their health.
"It's a funky smell," McCloskey said. "I don't think it's smoke I'm smelling."
After a fire, toxins and gas can be absorbed into debris, only to be released later when exposed to a heat source, like the Sun. This process is called offgassing. But A&I President Danny Isaac says it shouldn't be an issue in this case, because offgassing is usually only hazardous if the debris is indoors or in a confined space.
Isaac also said the debris was scheduled to be hauled away, but recent bouts of wet weather have delayed its removal.
Other neighbors say they aren't bothered by the debris, saying work crews have plenty on their hands right now.
"They do have a lot of work to do, you know," said neighbor Jeff Wibben. "It hasn't been too, too long. They've got a lot of work to do."