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North Charleston ax-throwing bar owner vows to rebuild after early-morning fire

Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 6:50 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2021 at 6:03 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The owner of a North Charleston bar damaged in an early-morning fire posted a message of thanks on social media Monday afternoon.

A post on The Bearded Ax’s Facebook page states the roof of the bar caught fire at 5:30 a.m.

“Almost everything in the bar was lost,” the post states.

The owner expressed thanks to North Charleston Firefighters and Police, promising, “when we reopen your first drink will be on me, every time you visit, forever.”

The owner also thanked the bar’s staff for every hour they have put into the business and promised to rebuild.

“You’ve made it your own and created an atmosphere unique to your awesomeness. We’ve cried together a bit, but we’ve laughed together way more. We could not have put our trust in a better team! We’ll rebuild and be back stronger than ever,” the post states.

The post also thanked the community for its outreach and love, saying it seems like “all of Park Circle has come together in support.”

The post states they are not in need of anything and asked that no donations page be set up.

“We are navigating insurance and hope to be able to pay our staff with insurance funds,” the post states. “Job offers have been thrown around too and that’s incredibly awesome. Thank you all for looking out for our employees!”

This morning at 0530, the roof of the bar caught fire. (Cause TBD) Almost everything in the bar was lost. We have had...

Posted by The Bearded Ax on Monday, July 5, 2021

North Charleston Fire investigators were working Monday to determine the cause of the fire. Firefighters responded at 5:34 a.m. to a 911 call reporting a fire at the Bearded Ax, located in the 1,000 block of East Montague Avenue, according to Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch.

North Charleston, Charleston, and St. Andrews Fire Departments responded, firefighters said.

The first crews to arrive reported heavy fire coming from the back of the business, North Charleston Deputy Chief Stephanie Julazadeh said. Crews forced their way into the building to put out the fire.

The fire department said firefighters protected businesses attached to the burning building and the fire was contained to one store.

Crews conducted salvage and overhaul in the business.

No injuries have been reported, firefighters say.

The NCFD says other firefighters protected buildings attached to the burning structure and the...
The NCFD says other firefighters protected buildings attached to the burning structure and the fire was contained to one store. (Live 5)

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