PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Emergency crews responded to a fire that involved “several structures” on Pawleys Island early Thursday morning.

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office said it happened on Windy Lane around 6:00 a.m. and began as a house fire. Several nearby homes were also damaged.

Fire Chief Mark Nugent with Midway Fire Rescue said two people, who were in the main house, died as a result of the fire. He said another person was able to escape and had no injuries.

Multiple fire agencies, including Midway Fire, responded to the scene.

Ocean Highway was blocked while crews worked to get the fire under control. They had to extent fire hoses across the roadway to a nearby hydrant. Crews later reopened the roadway with some heavy traffic in the area.

Midway Fire is investigating.