Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Garry Alderman first thought a call he received early Wednesday reporting a that a county fire station was on fire was a joke.
But he soon realized the caller was serious and Station 14 in the Shell community, one of the county’s 45 fire stations, was burning.
No one was injured in the blaze and its cause is under investigation, said spokesman Todd Cartner.
He said fire investigators spent Wednesday morning searching the building for clues about what started the fire.
One lane of S.C. 905 was closed because of the blaze and it was reopened hours later. Alderman said a man passing by the station at 4812 S.C. 905 reported the blaze at 4:45 a.m., and soon dozens of firefighters and several fire engines from nearby stations responded to find heavy smoke coming from the building.
He said the blaze was contained within about 30 minutes.
The station, which was opened in January 1986, is staffed by volunteers and no one is there around the clock.
A volunteer who lives nearby quickly arrived on the scene and drove the station’s fire engine out of the building, Alderman said. He said the truck, which did sustain smoke damage, will be temporarily housed at either a fire station about five miles from Station 14 that is staffed 24 hours a day or at a nearby EMS station.
“We just need to sit down and figure out where to put it and how to go from here,” Alderman said as he watched firefighters search the building for hot spots early Wednesday. “It’s not something that happens every day.”
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