This afternoon around 3 pm, the iconic Treasure Ship Restaurant set fire from a presumed electrical issue consuming almost the entire building. From the outside, much of the facade was badly damaged as smoke filled the air over Grand Lagoon, off of Thomas Drive.
Talking to a Fire Lieutenant, I was told that it’s hard to tell at this point exactly what the cause of fire was. It was expected that most of the interior was destroyed, but nothing official was released as of yet.
“We have over 100 employees that grows up to 200 during season,” one Treasure Ship employee said, “the loss will be hardest on the employees.” He went on to say that some of them had been working there for 24 years. The Treasure Ship was built in 1976.
Another employee said, “I spent most my life here, I can’t believe this is happening.” Watchers were stunned and in awe at not only the magnitude of the fire, but also the fact that a local icon may be gone forever.
Again, it’s too early to tell if The Treasure Ship Restaurant will be rebuilt or if it will be a total loss. But one thing is for sure, the building has sustained large amounts of damage.
Our condolences to out to the owners, employees and families that are effected by this terrible tragedy. The Treasure Ship will truly be missed, whether it’s gone for a season or a lifetime.