Fire at Neal and Pam’s started in air blower, cause still unknown, fire chief says

Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 8:35 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2022 at 7:32 AM EDT
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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The Surfside Beach fire chief told the town council Tuesday night the investigation has determined where the fire started that damaged Neal and Pam’s last week.

According to Surfside Public Information Officer Rob Blomquist, Fire Chief Rob Clemons said during a presentation he is confident the fire started in an air blower or air handler in the porch area.

How it started, remains to be discovered. Blomquist said Clemons is not saying it was electrical, it could have been something else.

Clemons said the investigation is nearing completion for the fire department; however, the insurance company’s investigation or forensic analysis timeline is unknown.

Firefighters responded around 5 a.m. on Friday to Neal and Pam’s Bar and Grill along Ocean Boulevard for a porch fire.

There is significant damage to the building, with fire, smoke and water damage throughout the restaurant.

Multiple businesses and individuals in our community joined forces to hold fundraisers to help the owners and employees of Neal and Pam’s Bar and Grill in Surfside after it was destroyed by a fire.

Sundown Restaurant & Sports Pub announced a Neal and Pam’s fundraiser on Friday, July 29.

Old Bull and Bush Pub & Eatery Myrtle Beach will also hold a Neal and Pam’s fundraiser on August 6. Old Bush’s fundraiser also includes a raffle and, according to the Facebook post, tickets are already on sale.

A GoFundMe campaign also aims to help Zack and his employees, who are out of work until the restaurant and bar can be reopened.

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