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      Officials to remove more facades in Georgetown

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      GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Officials in Georgetown say they will tear down the facades of some buildings burned in a fire last week.

      The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that City Administrator Chris Carter said a contractor will take down the facades on the row of buildings burned in the fire.

      Seven buildings were destroyed in the Sept. 25 fire along the city's waterfront. Two of the facades fell Sunday. Carter says those that remain are unstable.

      The fire put 130 people out of work and displaced nearly 10 families who were living in apartments above the buildings.

      Doodlebugs Children's Finery & Gifts, one of the businesses displaced by the fire, announced on Thursday that the owners had signed a new lease for a location farther down Front Street.

      "We have lots of work to do but we hope to be up and running again as soon as possible," the company announced on its Facebook page.

      On Tuesday, the Front Street Fire Relief Fund Distribution Committee met for the first time. The committee was formed to determine the needs of the residents and the business owners affected by the fire.

      It also helped orchestrate meetings with SC Works to put the 130 jobless back to work in other capacities.

      To date, the Front Street Fire Relief Fund has raised over $50,000, with $25,000 being donated by the Georgetown Times.{}There are numerous fundraising efforts in process.{}For an up-to-date list, please contact the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce at (843) 546-8436.

      On Monday Oct. 7, Portofinos Restaurant is holding a fundraiser to help artist John Walters of Witzel Art, who lost his home, many of his paintings and art supplies, and his dog. The fundraiser will feature a silent auction of some of his remaining paintings from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

      Online donations can be made at www.GeorgetownFireRelief.com.

      The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

      Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/

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