Fire destroys Murrells Inlet pub off Hwy 17

Dead Dog Saloon fire in Murrells Inlet (Source: Laura McKnight Barnett)
Dead Dog Saloon fire in Murrells Inlet (Source: Laura McKnight Barnett)

A popular Murrells Inlet restaurant and pub went up in flames Wednesday morning, but owners say they are already planning to rebuild.

Firefighters on scene of a blaze at Dead Dog Saloon say they believe they know where the blaze originated.

Officials with the Murrells Inlet Fire Department said that Murrells Inlet, Garden City, Midway, and Surfside fire crews were called to the fire off of Hwy 17 Business at 4:15 a.m. It appears the blaze started in the roof of the building and spread into the attic. While officials say the kitchen is salvageable, they are considering the pub a "total loss."

From the front of Dead Dog Saloon it appears there is minimal roof damage, but fire crews say the back of the bar, nearest the marsh, has extensive damage and is virtually "gone."

Despite the damage to the saloon, owners they are planning to tear down the destroyed building and rebuild the popular marshwalk restaurant.

Fans of the popular pub are lamenting its loss Wednesday morning on the WMBF News Facebook page.

According to business hours posted on the saloon's website, the pub was closed at the time of the fire and was not scheduled to open until 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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