Cause of NMB condo fire unknown as investigation begins

Fire crews from several departments battled a condominium complex fire for approximately four hours Thursday in The Havens neighborhood at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach.

According to the City of North Myrtle Beach, all residents and pets were safely evacuated from the 18-unit building.

The condos are on Catalina Drive, off the 10th hole of Barefoot Golf Resort’s Norman Course along the Intracoastal Waterway. Crews arrived at the scene around 2 p.m.

Anita Herring was asleep when a neighbor called her to say that the building was on fire. She grabbed her purse and dog, made sure her neighbors were gone, then evacuated.

Herring could see her bed burn as she stood across the street, watching crews put out the fire. Despite the scare and losing belongings, she thanked God that it wasn’t worse and everyone got out.

“It’s going to be OK,” she said. “I know where my strength comes from.”

The American Red Cross was in the pool area giving out blankets and resources to people who lost their homes.

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The condominium complex at The Havens at Barefoot Resort was on fire Thursday afternoon in North Myrtle Beach. City of North Myrtle Beach

Firefighters from North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Horry County and Calabash, N.C., responded, and North Myrtle Beach firefighters were on the scene through the night to manage hot spots.

It appears the fire started on the top floor of the three-story complex and the roof was destroyed. The building’s interior sprinkler system did work, so water from firefighters and sprinklers also impacted the building.

NMB said Friday its fire department is leading the investigation into the cause of the fire. Horry County Fire, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the State Fire Marshal are involved in the investigation.

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