Fire in Mother’s building displaces 8 from homes, destroys bar


Photo courtesy of Anthony Livingston via Facebook

A picture of the damage done to Mother’s bar because of the fire.

Staff Report

Eight people were displaced from their homes, and the building Mother’s bar is located in at 506 Monroe Ave. was gutted during a fire at 1:46 a.m. Friday morning.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

The displaced residents are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The fire caused the second floor of the building to collapse, causing extensive damage to it, according to a press release.

Upon arrival to the scene, crews encountered “heavy smoke conditions on the second floor,” the press release states.

They rescued two occupants off a section of the roof with a ladder and had to force a door to rescue three others.

Three other occupants of the building were able to rescue themselves.

Because of the heavy smoke and fire conditions, fire crews evacuated the building and started a defensive attack.

Crews were still on the scene, putting out hot spots, at 9 a.m. Friday morning.

A third alarm that was activated brought in crews from the Mattoon Fire Department, Lincoln Fire Protection District, Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance and Ashmore Fire Department.

On Facebook, Mother’s wrote that they are “heartbroken by the fire that happened” but grateful for the support from friends, family and the community.

“We are beyond thankful that everyone involved is safe. Thank you all for helping us through this difficult time,” the post said.

The Charleston Fire Department, Charleston Police Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Office are currently investigating the fire.

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