EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – A lumber and hardware store on Edisto Island was destroyed in a massive fire early Friday morning.
It happened at Builders FirstSource on Highway 174 around 3:00 a.m.
Crews with the St. Pauls Fire District quickly responded to the scene and worked to extinguish the fire in a building that housed wood, paint, and hardware supplies before the flames had a chance to spread to surrounding buildings on the property.
St. Pauls Fire District Fire Chief Larry Garvin said the roof had already collapsed prior to their arrival and said nearby structures were starting to melt because of the intense flames.
He said the flames could be seen from miles away.
“When I was on the way down 174 across the McKinnely Washington Bridge, I could see the flames in the air. When we got here, the whole entire structure was destroyed. It had fire from one end to the other,” said Chief Garvin. “Our main concern then was to protect the other structures because every one of those were smoldering. They were smokin’.”
Fire crews were able to save each of the surrounding buildings. No one was inside the main building at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
The St. Pauls Fire Department is leading the investigation to determine what caused the fire.
Crews remain at the scene working on pockets of fire which are still smoldering and burning beneath the debris.