Holly Hill Police Chief Josh Detter is warning people to stay away from the burned buildings downtown.

He said folks, “see this yellow tape and they think this is a challenge instead of a warning.”

The Holly Hill Police Department roped off areas and set up barricades around areas of the 8600 block of Old State Road to keep pedestrians and motorists from the downtown area where three businesses burned early Monday morning.

Detter said the area will remain blocked off until at least early next week.

“It’s not safe,” he said.

The exterior walls of the burned structures could collapse, Detter said. In addition, investigators are continuing to probe the cause and origin of the blaze.

He’s asking the public to avoid driving through downtown Holly Hill and seek alternate routes.

It is impossible to drive through downtown Holly Hill between Gardner Boulevard and Railroad Avenue due to barricades, he said.

He warned the town may ticket or arrest people who cross the areas roped off with yellow tape.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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