Firefighters initially feared the residents of a burning home were inside early Wednesday morning, but were relieved to discover they were out of town.
“Standard operations did an aggressive primary search on the structure, and … a little worried when you see cars in the driveway that early in the morning - you could have someone in the house,” said Mark Nugent, Horry County Fire Rescue spokesman.
HCFR crews were called to battle the blaze about 6 a.m. Wednesday that was blackening a single-family home on the 1900 block of Burcale Road.
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Crews arrived within six minutes and found heavy fire in the garage and attic areas of the house. Firefighters worked to knock out the blaze while others searched the home to determine if someone needed to be rescued.
Nugent said that no one was found during searches of the home, and fire authorities were able to contact the owners, who were out of town during the fire.
“We’re blessed that nobody in the house was injured or hurt, and none of our firefighters got injured by this fire,” said Nugent.
Crews blocked a portion of Burcale Road early Wednesday morning, and fire investigators waited on the fringes of lights and smoke as crews extinguished the blaze.
Investigators were still working to figure out what caused the fire Wednesday, Nugent said.
The home suffered heavy damage from the blaze.