Building catches on fire after lightning strike

One of the two craters that were caused by a lightning strike near a commercial building off Highway 707.

The outside of a commercial building near the intersection of Highway 707 and McDowell Shortcut Road caught on fire Wednesday afternoon after a lightning strike nearby.

Horry County Fire Rescue was called to a structure fire following a lightning strike around 4:30 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Jim Walker.

Walker said the lightning hit beside a commercial building, hitting the cable wiring in the ground and causing a fire that damaged the exterior of the building.

The lightning strike also left two large craters in the ground.

Walker said the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Highway 707 was reduced to one lane for about an hour while crews battled the fire, but has since been reopened.