HCFR Freestyle Park fire

Horry County Fire Rescue continues to investigate a fire at the former Hard Rock Park early Friday morning, agency spokesman Tony Casey said.

Horry County Fire Rescue continues to investigate a fire at the former Hard Rock Park early Friday morning, agency spokesman Tony Casey said.

HCFR responded to 211 George Bishop Parkway around 5:20 a.m. for the commercial structure fire at the property. Crews had the blaze under control within about 30 minutes.

Casey said the fire was in a former ticket booth area near where one of the entrances to the park used to be.

As of Friday afternoon, there was no indication the fire was suspicious. No injuries were reported.

Emergency personnel responded June 30 to a fire at the site that authorities investigated as arson. The blaze was a debris fire that crews were able to put out quickly.

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. Crews had responded to a debris pile fire at the site a few days prior to the blaze.

In that 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. 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 determined the February fire was intentionally set. 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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