1 dies, 5 hurt in fire at SC beach house

  • Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 8:19 p.m.

GARDEN CITY — A Timmonsville woman has died after a fire in Garden City that sent five people to hospitals.

Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard says 38-year-old Melissa Lamb died in the fire around 4 a.m. Sunday. An autopsy was planned on Monday.

The fire started on the ground floor of a three-story building that housed vacation rental homes.

Murrells Inlet/Garden City Beach Fire Capt. Chuck Petrella said it took about 45 minutes to control the flames. The cause is under investigation.

County Assistant Fire Chief Scott Thompson said five people were taken to Waccamaw Community Hospital and Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment.

A fire on Saturday in Murrells Inlet killed one man and injured three people. Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson said 72-year-old John Long died in that fire.

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