Thursday, January 1, 2009
Cheeca Lodge Burns!
A New Years Eve blaze gutted the main building at Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada last night. Eighty firefighter and rescue crews from as far away as Miami battled the flames late into the night.
Although the fire was quickly brought under control, firefighters were still shooting water all over on the smoldering roof through midday January 1st. It looks to me like the main building (which houses the restaurants, administrative offices, front desk, and a huge block of rooms) was extensively damaged, if not totally lost.
All guests were evacuated and relocated to other hotels with no injuries reported at this point. Cheeca is closed indefinitely.