What was damaged in the fire could be repaired, Andrew Lee said as he stood at the edge of his Surfside Beach yard Thursday morning.
“Everybody got out fine, and that’s the only thing important,” said Lee, who was relieved when his dog Lilly was rescued by a firefighter after being discovered hidden underneath a couch in the home. Lilly, who appeared shaken by the commotion when she was brought outside, was unharmed, fire authorities said.
Lee looked at the badly burned roof line of his garage at his Garden Drive home, off of Glenns Bay Road, while trying to keep a positive mindset.
“We can replace it,” he said of his garage’s blackened roof line. His family huddled inside a truck down the street on the dreary morning as fire crews continued their work after extinguishing the garage blaze. Lee said he was told the blaze didn’t really spread from the garage to the home’s inside, but the smoke that still hung in the air did.
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Horry County Fire Rescue crews were called to the home about 10 a.m and were assisted by Surfside Beach and Myrtle Beach fire departments, according to HCFR Battalion Chief John Fowler.
Lee said he was seated in his living room when he heard a loud popping sound. He said he then saw a red light when he looked toward his garage.
He went outside and noticed the blaze.
“It was right there in my garage, and I watched it jump to the couch,” he said. “I’ve got a couch in my garage, and it jumped to it. It was crazy.”
Lee’s neighbor, Chris Bohn, said he called 911 as Lee tried to use his hose to extinguish the blaze, but Lee abandoned that effort to help get his family to safety.
His daughter woke his wife, and his family – including his wife, daughter, son and three grandchildren who were staying the night – made it out to safety.
Fowler, of Horry County fire, said the home’s garage suffered significant damage in the blaze, and the house’s interior was also damaged, enough so that the family is now displaced by the fire.
The American Red Cross sent out a news release Thursday afternoon stating it was assisting the family.
Fowler confirmed no one had reported injuries in connection with the blaze. The fire’s cause or origins were not released by fire authorities by Thursday afternoon.