[image-2]According to the Charleston Fire Department, The Charleston County Dispatch Center was called this morning at 3:30 a.m. with a report of a fire at Swig & Swine.

“Emergency crews arrived within five minutes from the time of dispatch and reported fire and smoke coming from the rear of the restaurant. Firefighters quickly entered the structure and determined the fire was primarily contained to a small structure attached to the rear of the building. Crews quickly extinguished the blaze and searched the building for any additional fire extension,” a CFD statement reports.

The statement goes on to say that, “investigators determined the fire originated near a smoker that was located in the small structure at the rear of the building.” [image-1] The fire was in the smokehouse where an employee had been tending to various cooking operations. After the fire erupted and the employee realized an extinguisher would not be enough to put out the flames, they called 911. No injuries were reported.

When reached for comment, Swig & Swine owner Anthony DiBernardo said, “Everything is not OK.”

A statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page says that it is closed. This marks the second fire at Swig & Swine in 11 months.

This is an ongoing story. We will update with more details as they come.