A view of the fire on Front Street in Georgetown (Image Source: Heather Biance via WCSC)
Georgetown, SC (WLTX) -- A fire that engulfed several businesses on Georgetown's waterfront district is now contained.
The fire began around 5:30 a.m. on Front Street.
Sam Hodge, the county's emergency management director, told CBS affiliate WCSC that fire crews contained the blaze to seven buildings, and a total of ten businesses, including restaurants, a book store, and flower shop have been affected. The buildings date back to the 1800's.
Many of the buildings have apartments above the store fronts. Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville told the Associated Press that seven families who lived in those apartments lost everything.
There were no reports of injuries.
As many as five different fire departments responded to the scene, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, assisting firefighters from the water and moving boats docked in the area. Hodge also told WCSC that all the available water in Georgetown was being used to fight the fire, so they had to shuttle water in from the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex near the Sampit River Bridge to help.