After a fire this week at Huntington Beach State Park’s nature center, plans are underway to rebuild it.
The fire destroyed the building and killed more than 20 animals housed inside its displays, according to the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT). The Myrtle Beach Sun News reports the department is working on the details of the rebuilding project.
Programs that were held at the nature center will continue at various other locations around the state park in Murrells Inlet. Employees who worked at the center will continue to work on programming and meet other park needs during the rebuilding process.
Other parts of the park are operating as usual. The boardwalk, beach access, campground, the park office and other areas are open.
Fire officials said they believe that the fire early Wednesday morning was most likely caused by a lighting strike. Midway Fire Rescue Chief Doug Eggiman said the 911 call came in at 2:34 a.m. Wednesday, and the fire was already extensive by the time crews arrived five minutes later. The fire was under control by about 4:35 a.m.