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Firefighters in Surfside Beach rush to an Ocean Boulevard hotel fire

SURFSIDE BEACH - Authorities responded this evening to a fire, that forced people from the Surfside Beach Resort at 15 S. Ocean Boulevard, in Surfside Beach.

Fire officials received the call around 6:30 p.m.

Surfside Beach interim police chief Mike Frederick said the fire started in a kitchen at the oceanfront resort - formerly called Days Hotel.

Individuals were evacuated from the 40 rooms that were rented at the time, Frederick said. Authorities also blocked traffic on a section of Ocean Boulevard while battling the blaze.

Frederick said there was smoke damage on each floor of the building and fire damage on two floors. There also were power problems in the building.

No one was injured. Fire officials reopened the building around 10 p.m. and escorted about 30 to 40 people in to retrieve medical items and personal effects, Frederick said. He said those individuals will be able to gather the rest of their items tomorrow.

Meanwhile, those who stayed at the Surfside resort will be moved to the Holiday Inn in Surfside Beach.

Horry County Fire Rescue and Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Department assisted the Surfside Beach Fire Department with the fire. About 30 firefighters responded to the scene, according to fire officials.

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