HOMOSASSA, Fla. — More than a hundred people were put out of work Saturday after a popular Citrus County waterfront bar went up in flames.
- Crump's Landing a popular spot on Homosassa River for years
- Owner hopes to rebuild as soon as possible
- No one injured in fire
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The fire broke out Saturday morning at Crump’s Landing in Homosassa, destroying the large tiki bar right on the Homosassa River.
“It’s surreal,” said witness Bob Hastings. “Just a really nice relaxing place on the river. It’s really a shame.”
Crump’s Landing has been a popular stop in Homosassa for years, but the tiki bar was a new addition that was put in just last year, according to one of the owners.
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said that the cause may have been a propane tank in one of the kitchens.
One of the owners, Byron Rogers, said he had lots of people working Saturday, expecting scallop season crowds.
“This is our busiest time of the year. We will feel it,” Rogers said.
Thankfully, no one was hurt. Rogers said he wants to rebuild as soon as possible.
“Our main focus now is getting all of these employees back to work. These are great people here,” Rogers said. He says he has 139 employees.
This is not the first time the restaurant has had to deal with fire damage. According to Rogers, there was another fire at the restaurant 15 years ago.
He says the tiki bar that burned Saturday was part of a continuing expansion of the business.