Crime

August 18, 2014

Calabash seafood restaurant damaged by weekend fire

Horry County firefighters helped North Carolina crews battle a restaurant blaze on Saturday in Calabash, N.C., authorities said.

Horry County firefighters helped North Carolina crews battle a restaurant blaze on Saturday in Calabash, N.C., authorities said.

Crews were called at 11:36 p.m. Saturday to Coleman’s Original Calabash Restaurant at 9931 Nance St., for the blaze, said Honey Shore, public information officer for Calabash Fire Department.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and the monetary damage to the business was not clear.

Firefighters found smoke pouring from the restaurant’s roof and flames broke through the single-story structure soon after, Shore said. It took more than an hour for fire crews to get the blaze under control and Calabash firefighters had help from crews from Sunset Beach, Grissettown and Longwood, as well as Horry County.

“Although the roof and front portion of the business were heavily damaged, no one was injured in the fire, and firefighters were able to save many irreplaceable family pictures and mementos belonging to the owners of the restaurant,” Shore said in a release.

In a posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page, restaurant operators urged customers to visit their sister restaurant, The Seafood Hut, or any other place in town because “we are all family in moments like these.” They also thanked fire crews for their efforts to save the building.

“We are devastated today,” restaurant operators said in the Facebook posting. “[Saturday] night there was a major structure fire at Coleman's. We will be closed for an extended amount of time, but be assured that we are already making plans to rebuild and come back stronger than ever. Coleman's Original is an institution in Calabash and is honored to be apart of the storied tradition of this great little town.”

The restaurant has been serving seafood in the town since 1940, according to its Facebook page.

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