Swig & Swine Summerville restaurant damaged in early morning blaze


Heavy smoke billowed from a popular Summerville restaurant early Friday morning.

First responders arrived at Swig & Swine, located at 1990 Old Trolley Road, around 1:45 a.m., according to officials on scene.

Witnesses observed heavy smoke and possible flames coming from the restaurant.

"When we first saw it the flames were about 15 to 20 feet, Chris Greg said. "They were able to contain it fairly quickly. You could see smoke from my house two miles away."

Crews remained on scene, fighting the reported fire, as of 3:00 a.m.

Flames sparked again around 5:30 a.m. Crews quickly doused the hot spot.

No injuries were reported, according to officials on scene.

Summerville Fire and Rescue, Summerville Police, and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office responded.

There's no word yet what may have sparked the fire at the restaurant known for its barbecue fare.

Owner Anthony DiBernardo said in a statement Friday that the Summerville location will be closed until further notice for repairs.

"Please visit our West Ashley or Mount Pleasant locations in the meantime," DiBernardo said. "We appreciate all the support and well wishes."

A fire in the smokehouse forced the Charleston location to temporarily close in 2016.

Another fire forced the West Ashley location to close again in 2017.

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