A welcome center business on Highway 501 near the Lake Busbee/Waccamaw River bridge east of Conway caught on fire around 10 a.m. Friday.
Employee Natasha Sumter was working inside the building when the fire started and didn't even know about it. "Someone was actually travelling on 501, and they actually came into the building because they saw the fire from the roof and they yelled for everyone to evacuate immediately."
Traffic is backed up in the beach-bound lanes of Highway 501. Highway Patrol had the lanes blocked due to the fire vehicles on scene.
Conway, Myrtle Beach and Horry County firefighters worked to put the fire out.
All lanes of Highway 501 are now open.