Wildfires Destroy Dozens of SC Homes

2,500 evacuated in North Myrtle Beach area
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 12:06 PM CDT
A house on Swift Street in Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. lies in ruin on Thursday, April 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/The Sun News, Randall Hill)
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(Newser) – Fires have forced the evacuation of around 2,500 people in the North Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina, the Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports. At least 40 homes have been destroyed and 100 damaged by fire in Horry County, a tourist hotspot; no injuries have been reported. "This has already proved to be a devastating event for Horry County, and it isn't over," said Gov. Mark Sanford, who declared a state of emergency in the county.