Two deadly fires in two days along South Strand

  • Sunday, April 20, 2014

This house on Calhoun Drive in Garden City caught fire Sunday morning. Photo courtesy WBTW-TV 13

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A 72-year-old Murrells Inlet man died Sunday - one day after he suffered severe injuries in a condominium fire in Murrells Inlet. Also on Sunday, a Timmonsville woman died in a fire that began early Easter morning in Garden City. The Murrells Inlet fire was reported at 9 a.m. Saturday.

There were four people injured in the fire in the second floor condo at the Riverwood Condominium complex on Lotus Court. Two people jumped from a window to escape the flames. Two others, including the deceased - John Long - were brought out of the condo after firefighters arrived on the scene. Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson said Long died of multi-organ failure at the Augusta Burn Center in Georgia. One other person from the fire is also at the Augusta Burn Center, according to Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Rescue Assistant Chief J.R. Haney.   The fire was contained to one unit.   

"This is a very close knit community. A lot of the residents are original owners here. This particular building, we've known these people for years, as with anything else it's always a shock to people to see something like this happen," said Larry Baine, a property manager for the development told our news partner WBTW-TV 13. "The emotional aspect of it is intense. Obviously this is never good regardless of timing of day, in this particular case it does make it more unfortunate. But we'll handle the situation." Along with crews from Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire, firefighters from Horry County Fire Rescue and Midway Fire Rescue helped with the fire.

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Rescue continue to investigate the cause of the blaze. Anyone with information is asked to call police.  

Deadly Garden City fire At about 4 a.m. Sunday, firefighters were dispatched to a fire on Calhoun Drive where flames were coming from a raised 3-story beach house. That fire claimed the life of 38-year-old Melissa Lamb who died on the scene, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.  Five others were hospitalized because of the fire, said Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Rescue Asst. Chief J.R. Haney. Haney said those five jumped out of a window to escape. The fire was contained to one side of the home.

The cause of this fire is also under investigation.  

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