Beaufort, SC – At approx. 1337 hours on May 16, 2017 fire crews from the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department were dispatched to a reported fire at Beaufort’s iconic Sergeant White’s Diner at 1908 Boundary Street. Arriving fire crews found the proprietor fighting back the flames over his cooking area with a fire extinguisher and small flames were coming from the rooftop vent of the business. Patrons of the restaurant were evacuated from the restaurant while fire crews extinguished the remaining flames inside the cooking ventilation system and on the roof from the vent. The Fire Marshal’s division is on scene and investigating the cause of the fire. Commercial kitchen operators are reminded that Hood Suppression Systems are required to be kept clean and are to be inspected twice a year by a qualified service technician for functionality.