Fire engulfs waterfront in popular South Carolina port

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The city of Georgetown, S.C., suffered a major blow to part of its historic waterfront when a fire broke out Wednesday morning.

By 6 a.m., about a half hour after it began, the fire had engulfed seven historic buildings, including restaurants and bars, a favorite children’s store, a bookstore and a florist shop as well as residences, and damaged more. The buildings faced Front Street and backed onto the Harbor Walk, a boardwalk along the Sampit River.

The fire was mostly contained by the time it reached the Georgetown Maritime Museum. The museum undoubtedly had “smoke and water damage on the second floor,” said Sally Swineford, one of the founders of the Georgetown Harbor Historic Association, which funded the museum. “The firefighters and emergency workers helped move most of the ship models out of the building.”

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