Crews begin investigating massive overnight fire at Public Square in Darlington

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DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) — An investigation is underway after a massive fire overnight at Public Square in Darlington destroyed at least one building and caused damage to several others.

Flames could be seen shooting up from above Jeweler’s Bench, which was destroyed along with an antique shop, according to Lisa Chalian-Rock, director of the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association. The fire also damaged the roof of the Darlington Office Supply store, Chalian-Rock said.

The Wells Fargo Building, which houses the county’s economic development office, and the James Building, which houses Edward Jones and lawyers office, also suffered smoke damage, she said.

A News13 crew at the scene Friday night said the fire was visible for miles. A neighbor told News13’s Jack Bilyeu that she called 911 at about 10:30 p.m. after she saw a fire on the roof.

Firefighters from Darlington, Hartsville Fire department, Palmetto, Swift Creek and Windy Hill responded to the fire, along with county and city officers and EMS crews, according to Darlington Mayor Curtis Boyd. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the cause of the fire.

Count on News13 for updates to this developing story.

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