North Market Tbonz closes temporarily due to kitchen fire

On Feb. 5, Tbonz Grill on North Market Street was damaged in a kitchen fire, which quickly spread engulfing the roof of the restaurant. First responders including the Charleston fire department, police, and EMS personnel were able to evacuate and search the building before extinguishing the fire.  Fortunately, none of the surrounding buildings were damaged in the fire and there were no injuries.

On Feb. 5, Charleston fire fighters worked quickly to douse a blaze started in Tbonz kitchen – thankfully none were injured. (photo courtesy of Peter Miller via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Fire Chief Kevin Brack issued the following statement to ABC News 4, “The downtown corridor presents a unique fire problem due to the historic nature of the buildings, their construction, and the close proximity of the adjacent properties. All of these circumstances create a unique challenge for our firefighters. Once the emergency occurs we must provide a rapid response, with adequate resources, in order to help ensure a positive outcome. In this case, the fire was contained to the building of origin and the overall damage to the property was minimized due to the quick actions of our team.”

The Fire Department’s initial investigation suggested a problem in the kitchen’s exhaust system caused the fire but the specific cause is still under investigation.

In response to public concerns, Tbonz issued a statement indicating that while their restaurant will be closed for repairs, those who rely on the restaurant financially will still have work in their other locations in Charleston:

“TBonz downtown will be closed for repairs and we are hopeful to re-open as soon as possible but will have a more definite time frame as the week unfolds. As for our staff, we are fortunate to have five other locations in our restaurant group here in Charleston in which to place them, and will do our best to make sure our family is taken care of.”

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