PORT ROYAL, S.C. — The manager of the Port Royal seafood market destroyed in a recent fire says it could take some time to get another building up and running.

The Beaufort Gazette reports that a fire early the morning of the July 19 destroyed the market and equipment inside, including an ice machine, freezer, scale and vat to wash the shrimp. The market had been open only a few weeks.

Investigators ruled out arson and said an electrical issue could have been the cause.

Dock and market manager Joey Morris says the town received permission from the S.C. State Ports Authority to use a neighboring building. He says it will take longer than a week just to get the ice machine shipped from Florida.


Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com