CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Emergency crews are clearing the scene of a roof collapse at a downtown Charleston restaurant about three hours after responding.
A portion of the roof of Coast Bar and Grill, located at 39 John Street, collapsed at approximately 2:15 p.m. Friday. Shortly after 5 p.m., crews were clearing the scene after turning the building over to the owner's contractor and structural engineer, who were determining what it would take to shore and repair the building.
"After they get them stabilized, they'll have to come up with a plan on how to repair the damage or take actions or do whatever they need to do," Charleston Building Inspections Field Supervisor Gary Pope said. "So it's probably going to be lots of weeks anyway before you see a lot of movement."
Only a few employees were inside the building when the roof collapsed and no injuries were reported. But fire crews said the damage was extensive.
Coast Bar and Grill's building shares walls with neighboring buildings, which means other business may also be impacted.
Authorities said John and Hutson Streets were closed immediately after the incident. As of shortly before 4:30 p.m., John Street reopened to traffic but the fire department warned that emergency vehicles were still in the area and urged drivers to use caution.
Hutson Street remained restricted, however, because of ongoing construction that was going on before the collapse.
Fire marshals and building inspectors were on the scene to check on the building after the collapse.