Historic UFO Welcome Center Just North of Charleston Destroyed by Fire This Morning


The UFO Welcome Center, located just north of Charleston, was destroyed by fire early this morning. Firefighters from multiple departments were still addressing residual hot spots by 9 a.m.

This iconic structure was inspired by 1950s “flying saucer” designs and featured a two-story, silver-painted exterior. It measured 16 feet in height and 39 feet in diameter, constructed from lumber and fastened with wood screws and bolts.

A video from Anne-Marie Bowdoin captured the smoldering ruins of what once was a landmark in the area. Fire crews were actively managing the site around the same time, focusing on extinguishing remaining hot spots.