Front Street fire building facades torn down

The facades of several buildings burned September 25 on Front Street in Georgetown were torn down today.

City Administrator Chris Carter said it seemed the facades were going to come down at any moment, so they were torn down for safety reasons.

Carter got approval from the state fire marshal and put out a contract to have them pushed down.

Coastal Structures Incorporated began the teardown about 1:30 p.m. The buildings housed the former Harborwalk Books, Doodlebugs and Buzz's Roost businesses.

Carter isn't sure what will become of the bricks, which are more than 100 years old and belong to the property owners.

Seven buildings that housed 10 businesses were destroyed in the fire, and about 130 people were left unemployed.