SC Wildfire Destroys Homes Near Popular Beach Area

By: associated press
By: associated press

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Firefighters say a coastal wildfire has spread in one of the busiest tourist spots in South Carolina,
destroying more than three dozen homes.
No injuries have been reported in the fire that started
Wednesday afternoon.
State Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins said Thursday morning that the fire had jumped state Highway 22 near North Myrtle Beach and has burned about 40 homes.
He says gusty winds are making the situation worse.
North Myrtle Beach spokeswoman Nicole Aiello (EYE-el-low) says officials began evacuating the Barefoot Landing resort early
Thursday morning. Shelters have been set up at City Hall and the
House of Blues at Barefoot Landing.
She doesn't yet know how many people have been evacuated or how many homes had been damaged.

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