Fire started just yards from Horry Co. condos

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, March 18, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Investigators say there appeared to be little firefighters could do to save more than 100 homes that were destroyed by an Horry County fire that burned two dozen condominium buildings.

State Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins says authorities have determined the fire Saturday at Windsor Green in Carolina Forest started near power lines less than 50 feet from the nearest building in the complex. Investigators have not determined what sparked the fire.

The blaze spread quickly, burning buildings on three different streets to rubble. No deaths or injuries were reported.

Gov. Nikki Haley will visit the condos Monday afternoon.

Hawkins says the Forestry Commission recommends at least 30 feet of material that won't burn in front of buildings. Many of the condos had grass and pine straw in their yards.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

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