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Fundraiser planned for families of Easter fires in Murrells Inlet

Five firefighting agencies are teaming up to host a fundraiser for the families of the two deadly fires Easter weekend, according to the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Professional Fire Fighters Association’s Facebook page.

The benefit includes a silent auction and will be held at Dead Dog Saloon from noon until 6 p.m. May 4.

Associations in Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach and Horry County are also hosting.

The fires remain under investigation, said Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Rescue assistant chief J.R. Haney.

The fire April 19 on Lotus Court in Murrells Inlet started in the living room near a recliner, Haney said, but the cause has not been determined.

Andrew Hildebrandt, 56, and John Long, 72, died at the Augusta Burn Center after suffering injuries during the Lotus Court fire. Both died from multi-organ system failure, according to authorities.

The cause of a fire Easter morning on Calhoun Drive in the Garden City Beach area remains unknown, and investigators have not yet narrowed down the point of origin, Haney said.

A husband and wife from Timmonsville died following that fire.

Melissa Lamb, 38, died in the fire while her husband 46-year-old Joel Lamb died from injuries sustained when he jumped from an upper floor of the three-story beach house attempting to escape the blaze.

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