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A fire at the former Hard Rock Park near Myrtle Beach is being investigated as arson.

Authorities responded Sunday afternoon to the property at 2904 Fantasy Way.

The blaze was a debris fire that crews were able to put out quickly, said Horry County Fire Rescue (HCFR) spokesman Tony Casey.

No arrests had been made in connection with the case at the time of this report.

An HCFR investigator said a preliminary investigation indicated two fires had been set “that were not of an accidental ignition,” according to a police report.

Casey said emergency personnel had responded to a debris pile fire at the site a few days prior to Sunday’s blaze.

In regard to Sunday’s fire, a witness said he saw smoke coming from the site and individuals leaving the area. He said he saw one of them put something into the trunk of a vehicle before leaving the scene.

In February, crews responded to a blaze deemed suspicious at a building on the property. Casey has said the call came in on Feb. 17 shortly before midnight. The fire was completely put out just before 4 a.m. on Feb. 18.

HCFR has determined the February fire was intentionally set, Casey said. No one was arrested in that case.

A limited liability company formed by Myrtle Beach attorney Shep Guyton purchased the land where the Hard Rock Park used to be in late December 2018.

Former Myrtle Beach mayor John Rhodes is part of that company. No plans have been announced for the land.

The Hard Rock Park opened in 2008 but shut down in December that same year, and later opened for just one season as the Freestyle Music Park.


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