Apartment building in North Myrtle Beach burning
A fire destroyed multiple floors of an apartment complex in the Myrtle Beach area on Friday night.
Shortly after 10 p.m., fire crews from across the county responded to the Ocean Creek Plantation development. The area is off U.S. Highway 17 near Barefoot Landing.
Crews arrived to find a three-story building with 21 units in smoke and flames. Visible flames were coming from multiple floors of the facility.
Residents were evacuated while crews battled the blaze. Horry County Fire and Rescue spokesman Tony Casey said two hours after the fire that crews were going through the building to ensure everybody escaped safely. There were no reported injuries.
Crews from Horry County, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach responded to the scene. Horry County police also assisted in the area.
Casey did not have the number of total residents in the building. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze.
Gary Collina said he was walking his dog nearby and saw lights from the fire trucks and smoke coming from the building.
“It made me a little bit nervous,” Collina said.
The building where the fire happened is made of wood, Collina said, which added to his concern.