An early morning fire destroyed at least three businesses in downtown Holly Hill on Monday.
Firefighters were on the scene by 12:30 a.m. The blaze appeared to have started at 8608 Old State Road, which is home to Joy's Touch of Class, officials said.
The fire spread to two adjacent businesses: Goldstein’s, located that the corner of Old State Road and Railroad Avenue and Super 10, which is to the right of Joy's Touch of Class.
The Holly Hill, Eutawville, Santee, Providence, Bowman, Edisto, West Middle, Elloree and Vance fire departments responded, along with the Orangeburg County Fire District and the Orangeburg County Office of Emergency Services. Additional ladder trucks from Berkeley County and Dorchester County also were on the scene.
Holly Hill Police Chief Josh Detter said a portion of Old State Road in downtown Holly Hill will remain closed for much of Monday. The road is closed between Gardner Avenue and Railroad Avenue.
Holly Hill Fire Chief J.R. Bunch said he called for a two-alarm fire to increase the response of manpower to the site.
Bunch said firefighters initially noticed the heavy smoke from the building as they were en route to a call for a vehicle accident where the occupant was ejected near Toney Bay Road.
The fire remains under investigation.