Horry Co. apartment fire displaces 100, destroys 109 units

(Courtesy: WPDE)

By Cara Slone

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WPDE){}-- A fire that destroyed 26 buildings in the Carolina Forest Community of Horry County had been contained Sunday, but as of 8 a.m., firefighters say one building is still actively burning.

A total of 109 housing units are considered completely lost within the 26 buildings.

According to Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier, all buildings on Brite Water Court and Twin Pond Court are considered a loss. Everything on Pond Shoals is a loss, except for building No. 4929 and on Crab Pond Court, unit 4931 has burned, and half of unit 4930 burned.

Bourcier says no single-family homes near those communities have been damaged.

More than a dozen Horry County police officers on Sunday morning were on the scene conducting search efforts.

Leslie Yancey with Horry County Fire Rescue says around 5 p.m. Saturday firefighters were called to Windsor Green Condos when a brush fire spread to a single-family home then spread to several apartment buildings.

Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue, Conway Fire, North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue and Murrells Inlet Fire provided assistance, Yancey said.

Windsor Green residents affected by the fire were sent to Ocean Bay Middle School where the Red Cross provided assistance to{}167 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.

The shelter has provided 450 meals and 500 snacks and drinks to residents and first responders. Red Cross workers are also still on the scene providing food and hydration to first responders still working on the fire.

The 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 with authorities. You will need to provide your name and unit number at Windsor Green Condos.

The Red Cross set up a hotline for people who need assistance, call (843) 477-0020 if you need help.

The Red Cross is also accepting monetary donations at, by calling 843-477-0020, or via mail at 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577.

Neighborhoods that were previously blocked by emergency personnel have reopened, added Bourcier.

Some buildings 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.

Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County Police says three Horry County police officers were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation on Saturday, but have since been released.

No other injuries have been reported.

Horry County's fire chief has issued a ban on all unincorporated areas of the county.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has placed the entire state under a red flag fire alert because of current weather conditions. Spokesman Scott Hawkins says two law enforcement officers with the SCFC are on scene working to determine the point of origin and cause of the grass/woods fire that spread to the homes.

He says he hopes to have some information on their findings sometime Sunday.