May 15, 2019

MCSO
Firefighters continue to battle the fire well into the morning of May 5.

MCSO Firefighters continue to battle the fire well into the morning of May 5.

KEY LARGO — Less than five months after the soft opening of Bungalows Key Largo, the fire that roared through the main artery of the five-star resort Sunday, May 5, will shutter operations until at least the end of the year.

Rendering
This rendering shows the portion of Bungalows Key Largo damaged by the fire.

The fire consumed the main restaurant, the club house, spa, an adjacent tiki hut and smaller structures, causing an estimated $2.6 million to $3.2 million in damage, according to Alecia Collins, communications coordinator for the Florida Department of Financial Services, which oversees the state fire marshal’s office.

The all-inclusive, adult-only resort posted on its website that it expects to resume accepting reservations starting Dec. 20, exactly one year after its soft opening.

“The ownership for Bungalows Key Largo is working diligently to reopen the resort and expects to welcome guests as soon as December 2019,” said Parker Little, a public relations specialist representing the company. “We are continuing to work with local authorities and express our gratitude to those authorities for their quick action and ongoing assistance.”

Little said the situation is sad but that management is fortunate there were no injuries.

Guests awoke at 4:49 a.m. to evacuate the resort as multiple fire departments converged at the mile marker 99 resort. The fire continued to blaze for most of the morning rendering the two-story Beach House building a total loss.

“The building will be a total loss as is the pool deck and tiki hut bar by the pool,” Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department Chief Don Bock said.

Collins said Friday that the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but “investigators do not suspect anything suspicious in nature.”

Hotelier and Cheeca Holdings developer Jerry Johnson billed the resort as the only all-inclusive resort for adults in the Florida Keys. The 11.2-acre resort includes 135 individual lodging units that remained untouched by the fire.

Bungalows Key Largo is contacting guests with existing reservations to rebook for future dates. Guest may also contact the company at 866-801-0195.

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