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Fire damages Sparc Hub building on Daniel Island

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A fire caused extensive damage to the main office of the Sparc Hub of Booz Allen Hamilton on Daniel Island on Monday.

Much of the building, at 2387 Clements Ferry Road, was damaged by fire and smoke. The cause is under investigation.

No one was present during the fire because the office was closed for the July 4 holiday, according to Booz Allen spokesman James Fisher. Typically, 315 employees work in the building. Those workers are now scattered — working at other Booz Allen offices around the area or from their homes.

The company is looking for short-term space to accommodate all Sparc Hub employees while the Daniel Island building is renovated and rebuilt. Additionally, another building for the company is under construction nearby.

“In terms of employees, the building is not habitable at the moment for work. ... We are working with the real estate community to identify some space,” Fisher said, noting that area tech companies have offered up space for Sparc employees in the interim.

While some physical equipment was lost in the fire, the company’s data is cloud-based, which enabled work to resume Tuesday.

“Everybody in the firm was so incredibly appreciative of the response from the local fire department. They were there for several hours and gave it everything they could. ... The most important thing for us is making sure that our employees are OK and that nobody was there, but also continuing to serve our clients,” Fisher said. “We are in contact with our clients and everyone has been incredibly supportive.”

Booz Allen has about 500 employees overall in the region, of which 350 are Sparc Hub employees. Booz Allen acquired Sparc in November for $52 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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