Shed near Beaufort restaurant destroyed in fire - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Investigators say wiring may have caused shed fire

A shed near a restaurant in Beaufort was destroyed in an overnight blaze. A shed near a restaurant in Beaufort was destroyed in an overnight blaze.

A fire damaged a Beaufort restaurant overnight.

The fire started at about 2:30 a.m. in a shed behind the main building pf La Nopalera on Ribaut Road, but it quickly spread to the eves and roof, according to the Beaufort Fire Dept.

When firefighters arrived minutes after getting the call, flames were already 30 feet into the air, according to a news release.

The fire melted and ignited commercial gas meter that made the potential for an explosion to occur, according to the fire department.

"Firefighters did an outstanding job controlling the burning natural gas line until SCE&G crews could isolate the gas," said Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron in a statement. "The firefighters were able to keep the gas-fed fire from running through the entire building."

It appears that the fire was accidental and electrical wiring failure may have started the blaze, according to a news release.

The shed was destroyed in the fire. The blaze didn't cause major structural damage to the main restaurant. Water and smoke damage was limited.

No one was in the structure at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.

More than 30 firefighters fought the blaze. Four fire engines, two squads and a tower/ladder truck responded. Beaufort/Port Royal Firefighters were assisted by personnel from Beaufort County EMS, the Burton Fire District, Marine Corps Parris Island Fire Dept. and the Beaufort County Fire Scene Investigation Team. 

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