MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The cause of a fire and explosion that killed two people at a Myrtle Beach campground early Tuesday morning is still unknown, WSOC reports.
The fire was reported around midnight at the Apache Campground on Kings Road, just a few blocks from the pier.
The victims were identified as 62-year-old Shelby McGuire and her son, 37-year-old Cory McGuire. Another person was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment.
Myrtle Beach authorities said Thursday the investigation would take time and they are being careful throughout the process.
Melissa Dewett, who has been living at the campground since Easter, told WSOC the mother-son duo lived there year-round.
“I see the mother and son walking all the time. Up on the pier all the time. They go for their daily walk. They were the sweetest people,” Dewett said.
In total, four trailers were involved in the fire and two of them were destroyed.
Firefighters from Horry County, Myrtle Beach, and North Myrtle Beach had the blaze under control within the hour.
Cause of deadly Myrtle Beach campground fire still unknown
Updated: May 12, 2017 - 5:31 AM
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Two days after an explosion and fire claimed the lives of a mother and her son at a Myrtle Beach campground, investigators were still working to figure out how it started.
The Horry County coroner identified the two people who died as Shelby McGuire, 62, and her son Cory McGuire, 37. Another person was injured.
Channel 9 checked with authorities Thursday, who said that the investigation would take some time and that they were being diligent in their investigation.
In a photo sent to Channel 9 by a viewer who is visiting Myrtle Beach, a giant fireball is seen coming from a trailer early Tuesday morning at the Apache Family Campground and Pier.
Melissa Dewett from Huntersville has been staying at the campground since Easter. She spoke to Channel 9 over the phone and said she heard the explosion.
"All of a sudden this loud explosion happened," Dewett said. "This massive flame. I was like, 'Oh my God.'"
Dewett called 911 as the intense flames spread to another camper.
Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Joey Tanner said four trailers caught fire and two of them were destroyed in the flames.
Dewett said the family lived at the campground year round.
"I see the mother and son walking all the time. Up on the pier all the time. They go for their daily walk. They were the sweetest people," Dewett said.
Firefighters from Horry County, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach had the fire under control within an hour.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.