Police review video hoping to find cause of old Hornes restaurant fire

Florence police say three video recorders may have the answer to what caused the fire that burned the old Hornes Country Buffet and Ashtons Upscale Social Club on South Irby Street in Florence last Tuesday.

Florence police sent the recorders to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in the hopes that agents can retrieve data from the cameras, but they say it will take time.

"We try to do it as quickly as integrity allows. We're gonna give each case its due effort in what science and technology that we can use to bring forth that effort," said Lt. Mike Brandt, Florence police.

The owner of the building, Lai Mah, says she has no idea what caused the fire the caused between $400,000 to $500,000 in damage.

"No gas in building and we can't understand why the building caught fire," said Mah.

She says an auction was set to take place October 10 for the contents inside the restaurant.

"Before the fire, we were supposed to have an an auction for all the equipment," Mah explained. "Tables, booths, dishwashing machines. I already had the auctioneer. He was advertising and taking pictures for the us to have a successful auction."

If you have any information on the fire, you're asked to call Florence police at (843) 665-3191.