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Sprinkler system contained Myrtle Beach nursing home fire

A fire in the laundry room of a Myrtle Beach nursing facility is under investigation, said Leslie Yancey, spokeswoman for Horry County Fire Rescue.

Firefighters were called at 2:39 a.m. Tuesday to the Brightwater Skilled Nursing Facility, in Myrtle Beach, Yancey said. Crews found a fire in the laundry room area of the nursing home and the sprinkler system contained the fire until firefighters arrived.

The fire was controlled quickly, but three residents were evacuated from their rooms and 18 residents were sheltered in place by firefighters, Yancey said. Three residents were treated at the scene.

“This is the second fire in less than two weeks that sprinklers have been able to keep a fire from spreading until crews arrived,” said Kenny Todd, an Horry County Fire Rescue battalion chief and state fire marshal. “Sprinklers do save lives. This situation could have been much worse had Brightwater not had them in place.”

Eleven units responded to the scene and Myrtle Beach firefighters provided mutual aid.