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Hardeeville strip mall rebuilds nearly 2 years after fire

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HARDEEVILLE, SC (WTOC) -

This weekend marks two years since a fire destroyed a Hardeeville strip mall off of US-17.

Four businesses and a church burned to the ground in what was later determined to be arson.

They've made improvements for fire safety codes, but so far no arrests have been made in the arson case.

Flames and smoke filled the sky on the morning of Dec. 21, 2011 and it took several hours for firefighters to extinguish the flames.

"This was probably one of the largest fires that we've had in Hardeeville," said Hardeeville Fire Chief Daniel Morgan.

Fortunately, no one was injured but all four businesses and the Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church were lost in the aftermath.

The new location for the church sits next to the future strip mall.

The owner started rebuilding seven months after the fire and this time, the town is making sure sprinklers, hydrants and smoke alarms are included in the construction plans.

"The original building was built in the 1970s and wasn't built to modern fire protection codes. It did not have a sprinkler system or other fire protection notification devices," said Morgan.  

The owner plans to finish the strip mall by April 2014.

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