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Community comes together to help East Bay fire victims

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The investigation into the East Bay Street fire continues to be on hold Wednesday as officials say they are worried about the structural integrity of 213 East Bay Street. Investigators were on scene throughout Wednesday beginning to plan how they can secure the building. The community also began to plan how they can help the victims of the fire .

Rehab Bar in North Charleston says they are offering free shifts to some of the displaced employees. According to representatives from the bar, as many as 50 employees are now out of work. To help those displaced, Salty Waters Rawbar and Grill on James Island is offering a free meal.

"We all know each other; we all have friends that have either waited tables, bartended, worked in a kitchen," Assistant Manager Ron Brown said.

Brown says the community of restaurant workers is a small one, and even though he hasn't met many of those affected by the fire, he still considers them as close friends.

"People in this industry and in this town are all family and we treat it as such. We try to help them out in times of need. We wish we could do more. We'd love to make sure they have a meal and something to eat," he said.

Brown was very surprised when he heard the news of the fire. While he has not had to deal with a similar situation, he still feels for the victims.

"It's hard. It's definitely one of those situations you look at it and you are thankful it wasn't you and your heart goes out to the families and people involved," he said.

On their Facebook page, Squeeze vowed to see the silver lining in this tragedy and say they will rebuild. The journey, they say, will propel them to many great ventures ahead. On that page, the owners of Squeeze say the bar suffered mostly water damage. A representative from Brick, another one of the affected bars, tells News 2 they are beginning to plan fundraisers for the bars. There is no word yet on their decision about whether or not to rebuild.

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