GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – More than 20 animals were inside of the Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center early Wednesday morning when a fire broke out and destroyed the building.
According to information from Dawn Dawson-House with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the inventory indicates the animals were:
- A sting ray
- A horse shoe crab
- Jelly fish
- Two hatchling alligators
- Nine turtles
- Five snakes
- A glass lizard
- A marbled salamander
- An undetermined number of other types of marine animals and marine life in aquariums
Dawson-House added Huntington Beach State Park is open to visitors.
All facilities at both the north and south end, including the boardwalk and observation deck that were near the education center, are open, she added.
The preliminary investigation determined that a lightning strike was the probable cause of the fire.
Midway Fire Rescue received a call Wednesday around 2:30 a.m., about a fire that occurred at the nature center.
Dawson-House said SCPRT does plan to rebuild the center. The clean-up phase is currently taking place.