Hotel fire displaces 150 people

Fire officials are still investigating an overnight fire at a Myrtle Beach-area Days Inn that displaced more than 150 people.

One room on the fifth floor of the hotel, located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fantasy Harbor, caught fire about 10:30 a.m., forcing the building to be evacuated, officials said.

Ninety rooms were occupied at the time of the fire, said David Kirk, the hotel's general manager. He estimated between 150 and 180 guests were staying at the hotel, although he wasn't sure how many were in the building at the time of the fire.

After the fire was extinguished, guests were allowed to return to their rooms to retrieve their belongings, but nobody was allowed to stay at the hotel last night, Kirk said.

Hotel officials helped most of the guests find rooms at other hotels, but some guests slept in their cars, Kirk said.``We had a couple that slept in their cars, but most of them were going to work at [Hard Rock Park] on Friday and then they were going home for the weekend,'' he said.

Days Inn hopes to reopen today, pending the approval of inspectors.

Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.