Staff report

Investigators believe they have figured out where the fire that ravaged several businesses on Charleston’s East Bay Street last month started but are still working on identifying the cause.

The blaze started in a second-floor office and storage area of The Light, Charleston Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh said Tuesday. It’s not yet clear how the fire started, he said.

The 1 a.m. April 2 fire at 213 East Bay St. heavily damaged The Light, Squeeze and The Brick, causing the roof to collapse. Businesses on each side sustained smoke and water damage.

The building did not have a fire alarm or smoke detector, although they were not required at the time the building was occupied, he said.

The investigation was delayed until the structure could be stabilized, Julazadeh said.