BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Beaufort Police Department and the City of Beaufort firefighters responded to an early morning smoke scare at a pizza restaurant on Sunday.
At approximately 2:00 a.m., firefighters responded to reports of smoke emitting from the side of the Hearth Pizza restaurant building on Bay Street.
According to Fire Chief Reece Bertholf, the smoke was emitting from a vent on the side of the building.
The fire crew says the cause of the smoke was a wood-fired pizza oven had been shut down for the night and that some firewood that had been pre-staged in the oven for the next day had heated to a point that it was smoldering.
There were no active flames. Bay Street was shut down for about an hour.
No one was hurt during the incident.