Cause of fire at Palmetto Store expected Tuesday


We're expecting to find out Tuesday what caused a McClellanville staple to burn down. The Palmetto Store on North Highway 17 was destroyed Saturday.

The loss is a big inconvenience for people who live nearby. There are only a few stores in the area that sell certain supplies, and this was one of them.

If you've passed through McClellanville, chances are this was a pit stop.

"That store has been a fixture in McClellanville for a long while," Kathy Holder said.

The Palmetto Store now looks like a fire pit.

"When we were approaching it coming down the road it was like oh no!" Holder said.

Fire crews say the fire started in the back of the store, and before long the entire place was up in flames. By Monday, it was just a twisted pile of metal and charred wood.

“I can't believe this has happened," Holder said.

Holder’s from Surfside Beach, S.C. She said the store was her go-to place when traveling to Charleston.

"I always stopped here. We let our dogs take a break. There's a nice field right here, and we're always wanting a Pepsi and honey bun, that sort of thing. It will be missed," she said.

David Stoney said it was known for its hardware and marine supplies, and there's nothing like it in town.

"Twenty-two miles to Georgetown and further to get into town to a hardware store. And into Mount Pleasant, it's more like 30-35 miles," Stoney said.

A one-stop shop for years, The Palmetto Stores now unrecognizable. But for how long?

"I hope some entrepreneur will come up and do another store for us. We could use it. It's a real loss for the village, I’m afraid," Stoney said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. We haven't been able to get in touch with the owner. No word yet on if they plan to rebuild.

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