MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Guests were forced out of the Coral
Sands Motel by a fire late Thursday night. No one was injured.
The blaze was reported at 9:50 p.m. and a first-floor room was
engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, said Myrtle Beach
Fire Lt. Tom Gwyer. It took about five minutes to get the fire
under control.
The cause was still under investigation.
The 66-room motel has two buildings along the Grand Strand's
Ocean Boulevard. Motel manager Kathy Richardson said the fire was
in the two-story building, which is usually occupied by residential
guests, not tourists.
Most of the damage was confined to one room, but some smoke and
heat damage were found in the room above. Power was out in the
building.
Motel workers scrambled Thursday night to move residents either
to the oceanfront building or to another motel.
"I don't know where they're going to put us, but I hope they
find something soon because I got to be at work at 5 in the
morning," said Joe Raiford, who works at Family Kingdom.

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