Massive woods fire destroys 119 condos in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A burning ban is in effect around Myrtle Beach after a woods fire spread and destroyed 119 condos Saturday.

WSOC reported that it was one of 30 wildfires in the state over the weekend.

Police were blocking roads Monday morning in the suburb of Carolina Forest as they worked to make sure no one was inside the homes that went up in flames.

Authorities said a special search team from the state fire marshal’s office will spend days going through the ashes of the Windsor Green condos.

Officials said nine buildings burned to the ground and since many were vacation homes, they cannot account for every owner.

“You don’t know who is visiting, who is not visiting… who went out of town,” said one Horry County firefighter.

Investigators said they believe the fire started under power lines near the complex, but they are not sure why.

“The conditions were perfect for the perfect storm of sorts,” said Horry County fire spokeswoman Leslie Vancey.

High winds fanned those flames through dry brush and low humidity Saturday.

Some of his neighbors said they lost pets in the fire. Cynthia and Mary London said they lost their cat and Mary lost diabetes medication that she must have.

“She hasn’t had it for two days. So, I’m going to see what we can do,” Cynthia said.