Haley visits scene of major fire in Georgetown, SC

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Associated Press

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 10:04 PM

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says that the coastal city of Georgetown will rise through the ashes after a fire that swept through its downtown.

Haley on Thursday visited the scene of the fire and told reporters that "Georgetown is open for business." She encouraged people to visit the stores and businesses that are still open.

The governor said it was mainly small mom-and-pop businesses that were hurt by the Wednesday-morning fire that destroyed at least seven buildings in the city's shopping and dining district along the waterfront. She said the entire state needs to help out.

The fire started around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and raced through the structures built in the 1800s. The buildings have a common attic and wood fronts that allowed the blaze to spread quickly.

Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville said damage from the fire will be in the millions of dollars.

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