Fire in Georgetown: History up in flames

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013

As many as eight buildings were affected by an early morning fire Wednesday on Front Street in Georgetown.


The City of Georgetown has lost “history that can never be restored,” according to Gina Hewitt Edwards on the Georgetown Times Facebook page.
Fire broke out early Wednesday morning in the 700 block of Front Street in Georgetown reaching as many as eight buildings.
Georgetown Police Chief Paul Gardner said unofficially early Wednesday that there was one person who may be unaccounted for. Police were trying to determine if the person was at home or away.
Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.
Early reports say the following businesses on the waterfront were affected: Limpin’ Janes, Goudelock, the Buzzard’s Roost complex, the Maritime Museum and Harborwalk Books.
Also affected were buildings between those businesses and Colonial Florist.
According to Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville, the Harborwalk itself was unharmed but the finger piers connecting to the stores are damaged. There were heavy flames in six stores, he said.
Georgetown City Fire Department, which responded at 5:27 a.m. to the fire call, was soon joined by fire units from Georgetown County, Midway, Andrews, Horry County and Williamsburg County fire departments.
Amy Weaver said “this is a sad day in the town of Georgetown. As a native of this town it is sad to see buildings on fire & gone that I have seen since a small child. Prayers go out to the firefighters, the people that has owned these businesses, & the city of Georgetown. What a sad day for us in Georgetown.”
The following comments were on the Georgetown Times Facebook page:
Gina Hewitt Edwards “That is the saddest thing I have seen in a LOOOOONG TIME! That is history that can never be restored! God Bless these business owners/employees. Be safe GCFD and other responders!!!”
Chivette Fournier “Very sad. Praying everyone who lives in the apartments got out safe. Lord please protect and watch over all the emergency workers that are there attempting to contain and put out the fire.”
Natasha Boyd-Browne “Praying that Jesus will protect each and everyone buildings can be replace, memories will always remain, but we as humans can't be replaced... Just praying....”
See more photos on the Georgetown Times Facebook page.
Check the Georgetown Times Facebook page and www.gtowntimes.com for updates.
If you have pictures from the scenes, feel free to post them.

By Scott Harper and
Clayton Stairs
Staff writers


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