Crews fight fire at oceanfront motel in Myrtle Beach for a second time
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:30:24 GMT —
An investigation is underway as to why the Holiday South Motel has caught fire twice in one week, after the second fire broke out Friday afternoon.
The hotel is located at 26th Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard.
Crews were called to the scene around 1 p.m. for a report of a hotel room on fire.
When crews arrived on scene, there was heavy smoke coming from the upper floors of the hotel, according to Lt. Christian Sliker with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department.
We're told there were two separate fires, one on the 3rd floor and one on the 4th floor.
The building had no power as the motel was vacant for about a year and a half.
Christie Hucks says her dad, J.C. Hucks, built Holiday South back in the early 1970s.
The family sold the Holiday South and Golden Sands two weeks ago on November 8th, and she was driving by when she saw smoke.
"Smoke was coming out of the 5th floor and the second floor so I called 911 and then when I called 911 a gulf of smoke was coming from the oceanfront," said Hucks.
Hucks added that just last Friday another fire was located on the first floor of Holiday South.
"Both hotels are shut down and there's not supposed to be anyone in there. They've been boarded up by the city code but someone keeps breaking in, tearing the boards down, and I guess catching them on fire," said Hucks.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
No one was inside of the motel when the fire started, said Sliker.