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Fire in historic Georgetown, South Carolina

Fire in Historic Georgetown, South Carolina
Fire in Historic Georgetown, South Carolina
Veronica Smith Schwartz

About 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in the city of Georgetown, South Carolina a fire broke out on the waterfront side of this historic town. The fire was in the 700 block of the city and included destruction or damage to 7 businesses. Many of these buildings were 100 years old. There were apartments over several of the buildings and residents were able to get out without harm.

There was a ‘StartUp Weekend Georgetown’ event planned for September 27, 2013 that supports the local Georgetown community; plans to go ahead with this event are being evaluated. Fall events that were on the calendar for October, the 'Bridge 2 Run' and the 'Wooden Boat Show' will be held as advertised.

Emergency responders from Georgetown, Midway, Andrews, Murrells Inlet, Horry County, Conway, Johnsonville, North Charleston, Williamsburg, South Lynches, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach were on hand to fight this blaze. Members of the Coast Guard and the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross were on hand to offer assistance.

As of 1:30 p.m. emergency responders were still at the scene but the fire had been contained.