As clean-up continues from a fire that tore through the Front Street business district in downtown Georgetown, several groups are asking for the public’s help to rebuild the town.
In all, seven buildings were destroyed by the blaze, according to Georgetown Fire officials. Inside those buildings were 10 businesses that employed approximately 130 workers, according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
Georgetown County Emergency Management and the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce say they are working with those most affected by the fire. That also includes finding a place for the 13 people who lived in apartments above the destroyed businesses.
Local, state and federal agencies are continuing to work with those affected; however, a release from the Chamber of Commerce anticipates government assistance will be limited due to the scale of this incident. For instance, the damage does not qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid.
Anyone who is able to offer lodging or employment help is asked to call the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce at 843-546-8436.
Governor Nikki Haley announced the creation of the Front Street Relief Fund during her visit Thursday. The fund has been established for anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to directly help the Georgetown residents who’ve been impacted. To make cash donations, call 843-546-8591 or visit any First Citizens Branch in South Carolina.
“There is nothing I won’t do, nothing I won’t sign, nothing I won’t support in helping them get what they need,” Haley said after touring the damage Thursday. “The concern I have is: What is available?”
Donations to the Red Cross and Salvation Army are also being accepted. You can visit redcross.org and doingthemostgood.org for more information on contributing to disaster relief efforts. The Chamber is compiling a list of all fundraising events so that all charitable relief efforts are readily available for anyone to give.