Horry County firefighters battled a fire Thursday afternoon at the Taco Bell in Socastee off S.C. 707.
A call came in around 12:30 p.m. after employees were informed that a fire was on the outside of the east side of the building, according to Jim Walker, battalion chief with Horry County Fire Rescue.
Crews cleared the scene after a few hours but did not have a cause for the fire as of 4 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Brian VanAernem.
VanAernem said the fire started on the outside of the building and got into the restaurant’s wall.
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Traffic on S.C. 707 was down to one lane to accommodate emergency personnel.
Socastee High School and Socastee Elementary School exits were cleared by 3:30 p.m. but some in-bound traffic was rerouted for a bit, according to Teal Harding, Horry County Schools spokeswoman.