Four aircraft were lost when a hangar at South Carolina’s Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) was destroyed in an early-morning fire last month. No one was injured in the blaze.
The hangar was owned by the Greenville-based charter, maintenance, and aircraft management company Special Services Corporation (SSC). In addition to the aircraft, two of which belonged to SSC’s charter fleet and two of which were client-owned aircraft in for maintenance, the company lost much of its tooling and support equipment. SSC reported that the firewall protecting its office held, saving contents including the aircraft logbooks. The company said the hangar itself, the roof of which collapsed in the fire, is a total loss.
“This incident, while a setback, has demonstrated the resilience and unity of our team and community,” said SSC president of sales and marketing Doug Goldstrom, “We are currently working with authorities to investigate the cause of the fire and are already resuming maintenance and all flight operations and hope to rebuild the facility swiftly.”
The fire was called in to the Greenville Fire Department at 3:52 a.m. on November 13. Firefighters were on the scene at 4:18 a.m. but reportedly found the roof already partially collapsed and the building engulfed in flame. The fire did not affect operations at the airport. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“We’re grateful to the community and to our amazing and resilient clients for their support and patience as we work toward rebuilding our operations,” Goldstrom said. “We are committed to keeping our clients and the community informed over the coming days as we make plans and move forward.”