Fire crews on scene of apartment fire
Sat, 16 Mar 2013 22:45:29 GMT —
*Updated information has been added here.
Around 5 p.m. Saturday, f
irefighters were called to Windsor Green apartments in Carolina Forest, when a
brush fire spread to a single-family home then spread to several apartment buildings.
The fire is contained, according to HCFR spokesman Leslie Yancey.
26 apartment buildings were destroyed, according to Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.
Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue, Conway Fire, North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue and Murrells Inlet Fire provided assistance, Yancey said.
Horry County's fire chief has issued a ban on all unincorporated areas of the county, according to Yancey.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission has placed the entire state under a red flag fire alert because of current weather conditions.
Windsor Green residents affected by the fire were sent to Ocean Bay Middle School, where the Red Cross provided assistance to 90 people who have been displaced by the fire. That assistance took the form of shelter, food and emotional support, according to Nanci Conley with the American Red Cross. Conley says they have also provided 100 first responders with food and hydration.
We spoke to one woman who evacuated her home. Her building was next door to the ones on fire. She said she saw people grabbing their favorite possessions from their apartments and running out.
Red Cross is trying to account for everyone who lived at Windsor Green, according to Bourcier. If you live there and have not gone by the shelter site at Ocean Bay Middle School, you are asked to 843-903-8420 to check in. You will need to provide your name and unit number at Windsor Green apartments.
The Red Cross set up a hotline for people who need assistance, call (843) 477-0020 if you need help.
Neighborhoods that were previously blocked by emergency personnel have reopened, added Bourcier.
Some building in Windsor Green are still standing, Bourcier said, and those residents were supposed to be allowed to collect some of their belongings early Sunday morning
One firefighter was taken to the hospital for injuries but he's in good condition, added Yancey.
Three Horry County police officers were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, according to Sgt. Robert Kegler with HCPD. An update received by Sgt. Kegler around 2:20 a.m. showed that the officers had been released from the hospital.
No other information was expected to be provided about the fire until later Sunday morning. We will continue to post information as we get it.
Click here to see an interview with a witness.
To see more reaction from Carolina Forest residents, click here.
Another witness talks about getting his family and pets out safely before the fire moved in, here.