Crews respond to Murrells Inlet house fire

Crews respond to Murrells Inlet house fire. (Liz Cooper/4.12.2018)

Firefighters responded to a house fire in Murrells Inlet early Thursday morning.

It happened on Stanley Drive just off of Highway 17 Business.

Crews were at the scene as early as 4:45 a.m.

Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Chief Norman Knight says the house was vacant and recently used by Horry County police and Myrtle Beach police for SWAT training at least a week ago.

"They had been using this house for training for like hostage situations that kind of thing. And I am pretty confident that nothing they've done or did contributed to the cause of the fire," said Knight.

Neighbors say they saw between 20 to 30 officers at the home in the middle of the afternoon about 10 days ago and were worried.

"I wasn't really sure what was going on. All of the sudden they started running around with guns and started shooting, but you could tell it was fake bullets," said Kendra Roberts, who lives in the neighborhood and watched some of the training as she was waiting for her daughter to get off the school bus.

"We conducted a joint SWAT training at that location," said Captain Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police.

Firefighters on scene said the house was 80 percent involved when they arrived.

Multiple fire departments responded, including Horry County Fire Rescue, Midway Fire Rescue and Surfside Beach Fire Department.

We've reached out to police for more information about the training done at that house.

We've also reached out to fire officials about the cause of the fire.

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