Margaritaville Key West spared from Fire

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant in Key West suffered smoke damage from a fire at a nearby shop last night. From CBS 4: “Fire Destroys Building On Key West’s Duval Street

There was a hot time at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant in Key West Sunday night but not exactly the kind customers were hoping for.

Key West Fire spokeswoman Alyson Crean said a fire broke out in a small building between the restaurant and the historic San Carlos Institute and theater on Duval Street around 10:00 p.m. Firefighters evacuated the restaurant and the nearby guest houses as they worked to control the flames which had completely engulfed the building where the fire broke out.

Within two hours fire crews from the Key West Fire Department, the Key West International Airport and from Key West’s Naval Air Station had the fire out. They say the three businesses located in the burned out structure were a complete loss; a crepe shop, an art gallery and a sign shop.

Both the Jimmy Buffett owned Margaritaville restaurant and the San Carlos Institute and theater suffered smoke damage, according to Crean.

Margaritaville Café manager Ray Masiero hopes the eatery can reopen Monday afternoon or evening. He said there was some water impact and damage to skylights, but thought repairs could be executed quickly.

Update from the Miami Herald: “Fire spares Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville


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