COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - An an early-morning fire first spotted by a passerby heavily damaged a recently-remodeled Colleton County restaurant Tuesday.
Firefighters with Colleton County Fire and Rescue responded at approximately 2:36 a.m. to Flo's Diner at 16804 Ace Basin Parkway in Jacksonboro after a passerby notified authorities flames were coming from the roof, according to Fire Chief Barry McRoy.
The first units to respond reported heavy fire conditions at the rear of the building with fire venting from the eaves on both ends of the structure. Multiple units responded, shutting down three lanes of Ace Basin Parkway for six hours as crews worked to extinguish the fire and monitor hot spots.
Photos from the scene show flames shooting out from the roof of the building. According to the department's Twitter account, it was an "all hands" situation, with multiple headlines and deck guns pumping water.
McRoy says the initial investigation into the fire pointed to the area of an exterior HVAC unit at the rear of the business. Fire appears to have entered the kitchen and attic space through the duct system, investigators say.
The back of the building, which had recently been remodeled, suffered heavy fire damage, along with the kitchen and coolers, McRoy said. The main dining room area suffered mostly smoke, water and drop-down damage from the failing burning ceiling, he said.
Two endings, seven tenders, two ladders and six other units were on the scene, McRoy said.
No injuries were reported.