Horry County firefighters worked five house fires in about 12 hours late Thursday into early Friday including a fire that sent a 74-year-old woman to the hospital and the second fire this week at another home, according to fire officials.
The series of fires began at 9:43 p.m. Thursday when firefighters were called to a home on S.C. 544 near Soils Road, which is located between Conway and Myrtle Beach, said Leslie Yancey, Horry County Fire Rescue public information officer
The fire occurred in a single family home at 8803 S.C. 544 and a 74-year-old woman was taken to Conway Medical Center for treatment of injuries she suffered during the incident.
Ruth Carter, 74, whose son said she lives in the home with her daughter, was taken to Conway Medical Center. Keith Hucks, Carter's son, said she was doing fine late Thursday night.
Hucks said Carter was in the home asleep when the fire started. He said one of her dogs woke her in time.
Firefighters closed S.C. 544 because they had to stretch fire hoses across the road during the incident. The fire destroyed the home and when firefighters arrived the single-story home was fully engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Earlier in the evening a leather chair inside the home had caught fire and Carter had extinguished that fire with water.
At 12:52 a.m. Friday, firefighters were called to 4511 Dick Pond Road near Myrtle Beach for three barn stables that were on fire, Yancey said. Five units responded with mutual aid from Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach fire departments. No one was hurt during that incident and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Then at 3:26 a.m. Friday, firefighters returned to a home on Misty Lane near Myrtle Beach for a report of another fire at that home. Firefighters were called to that home early Wednesday after a someone started a fire there.
Eight units responded to the double wide mobile home early Friday and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. No one was hurt during the incident.
On Wednesday, Horry County firefighters were called at 3 a.m. to the home after someone used Molotov cocktails to start a fire there, according to a police report.
Horry County police are investigating who set the kitchen window and porch on fire at the house early Wednesday, Sgt. Robert Kegler said.
Two women, ages 35 and 36, were inside the home at the time of the incident and reported hearing a loud noise before they saw there were flames on the rear porch, according to the report. Police saw Molotov cocktails were on the walkway to the back door and porch and it appeared they were used to start Wednesday’s fire.
A window was broke and chair cushion on the porch burned during the incident, according to the report. Damage was estimated at $150. It is unclear if Molotov cocktails were used in the incident there on Friday.
At 4:07 a.m. Friday, firefighters were called to 5620 Cates Bay Highway near Conway for a double wide mobile home. Four units responded with assistance from Conway firefighters, but the home was destroyed. No one was hurt during that incident and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
At 8:10 a.m. Friday, the bedroom inside a double wide mobile home at 6272 Tranquil Road near Conway was on fire, Yancey said. Firefighters contained the fire to that bedroom and its contents and ruled the fire started from a candle in the room. Four units responded to the blaze and no one was hurt.
Staff writer Janelle Frost contributed to this story.