Man, Dog Die in Longs After House Fire as Deputies Serve Eviction Notice

A man and a dog died in a fire this morning after deputies say he barricaded himself in the home during an eviction call. Horry County Fire Rescue crews were called to the 2400 block of Water Tower Road near Highway 90 this morning at 7:48 am. Four deputies went to the home to serve an eviction and the man barricaded himself inside according to Horry County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tom Fox. Deputies noticed smoke and the home was quickly engulfed in flames. The victim’s identity is unknown at this time and SLED is handling it as an arson investigation. The call is still active at this time and community members are being asked to avoid the area.