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Authorities assure residents water quality a non-issue after Georgetown fire

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The fire caused severe damage to seven buildings on the 700 block of Front Street. The fire caused severe damage to seven buildings on the 700 block of Front Street.
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Officials say the fire that destroyed a portion of Front Street in Georgetown Wednesday is under control.  Authorities are preparing to remove debris from businesses that were damaged.

The fire caused severe damage to seven buildings on the 700 block of Front Street.  The S.C. Maritime Museum received smoke and water damage but the sprinkler system helped minimize damage to that building.

Related Story: Fire destroys historic buildings on Front Street in Georgetown

No major injuries were reported as a result of the fire. The origin and cause of the fire have not been determined.

The county is receiving reports of discolored water in the Georgetown area, likely as a result of firefighting activities. Residents can be assured this is not a water quality issue. The water is safe to drink, but officials say washing clothes with the discolored water is not advisable. The discoloration should end Wednesday afternoon when firefighting activities on Front Street are complete.

The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are on scene and will offer assistance to victims of the fire. Monetary donations can be given to those agencies here or www.redcross.org.

More than 100 emergency responders remain on the scene. In addition to Georgetown City Fire and Police departments, the following departments provided aid today: Georgetown County Fire/EMS, Midway Fire Rescue, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, the Town of Andrews Fire Department, Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire and Rescue, the Coast Guard, Horry County Fire Rescue, the City of Conway Fire Department, the Johnsonville Fire Department, North Charleston Fire Department, Williamsburg County Fire Department, South Lynches Fire Department of Florence County, Myrtle Beach Fire Department and North Myrtle Beach Fire Department.

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