Local florist business destroyed in morning fire, department says

A florist business in Loris was significantly damaged from a fire Tuesday morning, and owners say their faith is getting them through the loss of the business.

Loris Florist and Gifts, owned by Craig and April Sims, was destroyed, as well as a vehicle on the property. Loris fire crews and HCFR responded to the scene in the area of 4763 Main St. just before 10 a.m. No injuries were reported.

“The fire has been a lot to swallow,” Craig Sims said. “We had a lot of inventory and everything is gone. But we will make it through this because all our hope is in Jesus.”

The couple bought the business in December 2016, and put everything they had into it, Craig Sims said.

He said they plan to rebuild, but that will take some time.

“We are currently in the process of finding a temporary place to work out of,” he said.

The City of Loris responded to the fire with an online post stating, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Loris Florist & Gifts family who suffered a loss of their business this morning.”

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