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A fiery accident destroys the family’s rental property, several cars

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF/Grey News) – A car accident involving a beach rental has created a nightmarish situation for a family vacationing in South Carolina.

After a year of planning, booking a rental home and reuniting their family of 28, the Lehoisky family said their vacation got worse over the weekend.

On August 14, the North Myrtle Beach Police Department reported a vehicle collision near 6th Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard around 4:30 a.m.

WMBF reports that the driver lost control of the car, hit a utility box near the Lehoisky family’s rental home and burst into flames.

The family said the flames quickly spread to their cars, with the fire spreading across three floors of their rental property. They rushed to get the 11 children and 17 adults to safety.

Tonia Lehoisky said her family traveled in five separate cars from upstate New York. Now they are left with a car that can barely fit his family.

She said she never imagined something like this would happen.

“The kids said, ‘Our vacation is ruined.’ So as adults we try to make sure they have the best vacation ever, but it’s not easy for any of us,” Lehoisky said.

She said the family had no way of getting home and were scrambling to find a company that would hire a car for them to make the 2 p.m. journey home.

Lehoisky said the family is grateful that none of the family suffered physical injuries, but the group suffered mental and emotional damage.

“One person’s bad decision ruined a vacation for a family of 28 and made life very difficult for us,” Lehoisky said.

The North Myrtle Beach Police Department said the driver of the crash vehicle remains in critical condition in hospital.

The rental company managing the family’s stay did not immediately comment on the situation.