GREER, S.C. (WSPA) – Fire crews responded early Tuesday morning to a fire at Cannon’s Restaurant in Greer.
According to the City of Greer Fire Department, the fire at the restaurant, located at 409 Trade Street, was reported at about 12:11 a.m.
The Greer, Pelham Batesville, Boiling Springs, Taylors and Tyger River fire departments all responded to the scene.
When crews arrived, they found flames and smoke coming from the back of the building, according to Greer FD.
No injuries were reported.
7 News spoke with the owner of the popular restaurant about how the fire could impact his family’s Christmas and learned what the community is doing to help.
On most Tuesdays, you’d find Cannon’s restaurant in Greer packed for their special “$2 Tuesday.”
“We’re famous for our chicken livers, fried chicken, and cheeseburgers,” the restaurant’s owner, Scott Cannon, said. “And hotdogs. We probably sell a couple thousand hotdogs a week here.”
Scott Cannon told 7 News his family’s business has always been a big part of his life.
“It means a lot. It’s been in the family almost 50 years,” he said. “My grandpa started it. He passed away a few years ago and it was closed down for a little while. We remodeled it, opened it back up, and, now, we’ve had this happen.”
A fire broke out in the roof of the restaurant early Tuesday morning, causing damage to the kitchen and forcing the restaurant to close until further notice.
“We think the old hood system may have been too close to the wood and just, over the years, dried it out,” Cannon said. “It probably started when we left just a little bit, and maybe the wind picked up and got it started. We’re not sure.”
Cannon said, with Christmas just around the corner, the fire couldn’t have happened at a worse time.
“Me and my wife, this is our only income,” he said. “This is what we do.”
But the community has already stepped in to help. On this $2 Tuesday, many customers showed up to clean rather than eat.
“Everybody’s behind him. He’s a good person. We’ll see that he gets through it all. We aren’t going to leave his side,” Ben Jackson said. “Just pray for him, his wife, and his little boy with the holidays.”
“It helps, in a time like this, that we have a lot of support,” he said.
Cannon told 7 News he expects it to take at least a month before his restaurant is back open; but he is hoping to have a food trailer up and running at the same location by Thursday.
Deputy Fire Chief Josh Holzheimer said the City of Greer Fire Marshal’s Office will continue to investigate the cause of the fire.