Lake smoke shop

Smoke and flames pour from VIP Tobacco & Vape Shop at Lake Waccamaw early Monday morning. Contributed photo by Columbus County Fire Marshal’s Office

An early morning fire heavily damaged a smoke shop at Lake Waccamaw Monday.

Columbus County Fire Marshal Shannon Blackman said that 911 dispatched fire crews after a sheriff’s deputy noticed a glow coming from a window of VIP Tobacco & Vape on Sam Potts Highway at 3:51 a.m.