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      Governor Haley tours Front Street fire damage

      In a news conference Thursday morning, Governor Nikki Haley talked about her visit to the Front Street fire damage site in Georgetown and discussed ways the people of South Carolina can help the dozens of victims impacted by the fire.

      Sam Hodge, the Georgetown County Emergency Management Director, said 10 businesses sustained damage or were a complete loss and about 130 jobs were lost. Seven buildings were destroyed.

      The seven buildings that sustained severe damage were: Goudelock & Company, Limpin' Janes, Boardwalk Market, Buzz's Roost, Zest Restaurant, Doodlebugs, and the Harborwalk Bookstore. Coastal Florist sustained minimal damage. There was an artist studio above Goudelock & Company called Witzel, that was a complete loss.

      The artist who owned Witzel, John Walters, lived in the studio and lost his dog in the fire.

      The South Carolina Maritime museum and Black Mingo Outfitters sustained minor damage.

      One officer suffered a concussion after an explosion at the fire site early Wednesday morning, but she is expected to be OK, according to Paul Gardner, Georgetown Chief of Police.

      A relief fund has been set up. You can donate to the Front Street Fire Relief Fund at any First Citizens Bank in South Carolina, or you can call 843-546-8591.

      The fire broke out in a building in the 700 block of Front Street in Georgetown Wednesday morning and quickly spread.

      The first call for the fire came out around 5:23 a.m. The fire started on the back patio deck area of one of the buildings and spread very rapidly when they got on scene. Soon, they were fighting fire on both sides of the row of buildings- the waterfront side and the street side.

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