HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire at Starbucks located at 416 William Hilton Parkway on Sunday.
The fire was reported by a Beaufort County Sherriff's Deputy who saw smoke in the area and found the fire at the Starbucks. Fire crews found smoke and flames coming from the structure when the first units arrived on scene at 1:10 a.m.
The fire appears to have originated in the electrical room of the building and was determined to be accidental. The fire spread from the electrical room to the attic of the building. In conjunction with the fire in the attic and water from the fire attack, the roof of the structure collapsed causing severe damage.
"It's actually devastating for the area, not just for people wanting coffee, but for the employees that work at the coffee shop," said Michelle Adams, a fellow coffee shop owner. "People come and meet each other. It's a community kind of place."
Michelle and her husband Matthew say that they understand how this will hurt the business as well as surrounding businesses.
"Losing a place like this is like losing an anchor to a shopping center," Adams said. "What that means is it's less traffic for the other shops in that plaza and that actually decreases business in the plaza as a whole."
Four engine companies, the truck company, two medic units, and multiple staff officers responded to the fire. The fire was under control at 2:46 a.m., and crews remained on scene until 11:30 a.m.
The fire has been ruled an accident, but people say it was an important coffee shop and they want it to be rebuilt.