Fire department: East Bay fire started at nightclub

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A downtown fire that damaged four businesses last month started at a club on the second floor of 213 East Bay Street, according to Charleston Fire Department officials.

The fire department says city and insurance officials investigated the fire and believe the fire started on the second floor of the building at Club Light.

The department released the information on their CFD Facebook page Tuesday evening.

According to fire officials, the origin of the blaze was most likely in the storage room and office area of the second floor of the business.

Authorities say because of the extensive damage caused by the fire, in addition to the roof collapse, the specific cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Officials with the fire department say the building was not equipped with a fire alarm or sprinkler system, neither of which was required at the time the building was originally occupied.

Firefighters were called to 213 East Bay Street on April 2 just before 1 a.m. for a fire where flames could be seen shooting 20-feet in the air.

The Brick, Club Light, The Speakeasy and Squeeze all suffered damage from the fire.

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