Firefighters battle apartment fire in Murrells Inlet

MURRELLS INLET -- One person died after being hurt in a fire In Murrells Inlet on Saturday.

John Long, 72, of Murrells Inlet died at a burn center in Augusta, Georgia, according to Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson.



people had to jump from the windows of a second floor apartment in Murrells Inlet Saturday morning to escape a fire.

Long was one of

two more people who were trapped in the burning apartment

and rescued by firefighters


According to Rodney Jewett with Murrells Inlet - Garden City Fire Rescue, the two people rescued were in critical condition and were flown to a burn center in Georgia.

The two people who jumped were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The apartment complex is on Lotus Court, which is off of Highway 17 just south of Waccamaw Community Hospital.

Someone outside the unit saw the fire and call 911 just after 9 a.m. Saturday.

Midway Fire Rescue and Horry County Fire Rescue assisted Murrells Inlet - Garden City Fire in putting it out.

The fire was contained to the one apartment unit.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and Murrells Inlet- Garden City Fire Investigators.

Murrells Inlet - Garden City Fire Assistant Chief JR Haney said so far, a cause hasn't been released. "Nothing we found as of yet that indicates an explosion. It could have just been the pressure from the heat blowing out the windows but as of this time we have found nothing that indicates an explosion."

Neighbors in the quiet apartment community were visibly upset. William Mattsey, who's only met his neighbors in passing, says he's praying for their recovery.

"These poor people they're without a home plus fighting for their lives. It's not easy," Mattsey said, fighting back tears.

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