Fundraiser tonight for East Bay bar fire employees

Fundraiser tonight for East Bay bar fire employees

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A fundraiser to benefit the employees of four East Bay Street bars that were damaged after a fire ripped through their building earlier this month will be held Wednesday night.

The 213 East Bay Fire Fundraiser will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight at The Alley in downtown Charleston. Money raised during the event will go to the employees of The Brick, Light, The Speakeasy, and Squeeze, who will be guest bartending.

All tips, 10% of all food and drink sales, and 50% of bowling sales will go towards the fund.

The event will also feature live music from Return of the Mac and The Louie D Project.

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

We're told the fire originated in the building that contains the bars Light, Brick, and Squeeze. Firefighters had tried to make initial entry through the front of the building, but the smoke was too heavy and the heat was too intense.  The fire is still under investigation.

The fire department says it was able to mostly protect Wet Willie's and Mac's Place, which are neighboring businesses.

No one was hurt in the fire.

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