Brick reopening delayed, pushed back into 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- One of the East bay Street businesses damaged by a large fire in April will not be re-opening by the end of the year, as it had originally planned.

Brick owner Matthew Quillen said this week that the fire damage to the building was so significant that it would not re-open this year. Quillen also said there were several construction delays.

According to Quillen, repairs are delayed until the roof, which had been completely destroyed in the fire, can be repaired. There was no timeline released on that project being completed.

Quillen said he is working with the building's owner to figure out the next steps and what Brick's future will be.

In the early morning hours of April 2, a fire started in one of the businesses at 213 East Bay Street. Firefighters spent a day battling a blaze that could be seen from James Island and Patriots Point.

Fire officials said the call came in around 1 a.m. for the fire at 213 East Bay St. Officials said four buildings were damaged by the fire, including popular hangouts Light, the Speak Easy, The Brick and Squeeze. There was some heat damage to adjacent buildings, but no real fire damage.

Fire investigators said several weeks later that the fire apparently started in Light.

No one was injured in the fire.

In the months since the fire, Charleston's food and beverage community has teamed up to hold fundraisers for the employees and owners of the affected businesses. Many restaurants even offered jobs to the displaced workers.