Officials say an overnight fire heavily damaged a building in Charleston’s historic district, not far from the Market area.
No injuries were reported in the blaze, which could be seen from Patriots Point, across the river from the downtown area of Charleston.
The fire was reported about 1 a.m. at 213 East Bay Street. That is across from the U.S. Customs House, a popular attraction for tourists. The East Bay Street building contained four restaurants and bars -- Club Light, Brick, SpeakEasy, and the Squeeze.
Flames were shooting more than 20 feet in the air when firefighters arrived, according to broadcast reports. Charleston firefighters tried entering the building but were forced to battle the blaze from aerial trucks.
Crews from the North Charleston, James Island and Saint Andrews fire departments assisted Charleston firefighters, according to the Charleston News & Courier.
Fire officials in Charleston confirm that the second floor of the building collapsed. But they say crews were able to prevent the fire from causing major damage to neighboring buildings on East Bay Street.
At daybreak, crews were still at the scene, dealing with hot spots. Investigators hope to enter the building later Tuesday morning, to determine what caused the blaze.
Police say East Bay Street will be closed for much of the morning, as the investigation takes place.