GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Thursday was an emotional day in Georgetown. Most of the smoke is finally gone after a huge fire crippled their historic district early Wednesday morning.
"It was heartbreaking, heartbreaking. I moved here from Florida at the end of May the first place my daughter brought me was here on Front Street," said community member Berle Bostic.
Seven buildings destroyed and one was badly damaged on historic Front Street.
Community member Loretta Espey said, "It just really made me sick to my stomach, we just feel really sad for all these people who lost so much. We came here as tourist many years ago. We used to come and love to ride our bicycles in among these beautiful homes."
Bostic and Espey were among many who lined the fence along Front Street taking pictures and looking at the piles of smoldering rubble.
Espey said, "Looking at the devastation, it's really heart-rending. We prayed a lot yesterday in church for all the folks who had businesses and who had great loses here."
The damaged buildings are just feet away from the historic clock tower. They are all part of history spanning centuries.
"It was upsetting that this happened because they are historical buildings and I'm just praying that they will at least replicate what was here so that they have what it was," said Bostic.
The history behind Georgetown is what appeals to some people and why they say they fell in love with the city.
A section of city's Harbor Walk is now blocked off and people managed to make their way around back taking a look at the smoking insides of the collapsed buildings.
Espey said, "We just need to keep all of these folks in our thoughts and in our prayers because they have a very rough road ahead of them trying to get back to the way they were before the fire."
If anything positive has come out of this tragedy, it definitely has brought the community closer.
"It'll take time, but I'm sure everybody will rebuild and they'll come back bigger and stronger than they were before," said Espey.
Georgetown is the third oldest city in South Carolina. The buildings along Front Street are thought to have been around since the late 1800's.