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Fire at Mulligan’s Beach House in Jensen Beach under investigation


Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill has been a staple in Jensen Beach for more than twenty years and the owner George Hart tells us Monday’s fire is the first time anything like this has ever happened to his restaurant.“Twenty-two years, I don’t think we have been missing a stacking chair in 22 years so this is definitely a shock,” Hart said. Four tiki tables at Mulligan’s Beach House that once seated customers, were completely burned following the fire that began just before 4 a.m. on May 24.Hart said he got a call from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office telling him there was a fire at his restaurant.“Came down over the hill to see 15 fire trucks, ten police cars, ambulance,” Hart said. “Thought maybe the building was a total loss.”Martin County Fire Rescue was able to put out the fire in less than 15 minutes.Once it was out, an employee at Mulligan’s, Joe Ferreira, got to work to clean up, take out the windows and open for the day. “People expect us to be open,” Ferreira said. “We want to be open and that’s what we do. We do whatever we got to do, to get it done.”Mulligan’s employee, Cheyenne Pinkstaff, said she was shocked when she saw the damage especially after the struggles they have faced during COVID-19.“It hurts our community, not only that but people that do want to work,” Pinkstaff said. “Especially during this pandemic and everything this kind of slows the business down.”Hart expects the cost of the damage to be about $25,000. “We are very very lucky,” Hart said. “It could have been a total loss but the swift job by the martin county fire department got it under control quickly and didn’t allow it to spread inside the building.”The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall Divison and the Martin County Sheriff’s office is looking into any possible vandalism.

Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill has been a staple in Jensen Beach for more than twenty years and the owner George Hart tells us Monday’s fire is the first time anything like this has ever happened to his restaurant.

“Twenty-two years, I don’t think we have been missing a stacking chair in 22 years so this is definitely a shock,” Hart said.

Four tiki tables at Mulligan’s Beach House that once seated customers, were completely burned following the fire that began just before 4 a.m. on May 24.

Hart said he got a call from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office telling him there was a fire at his restaurant.

“Came down over the hill to see 15 fire trucks, ten police cars, ambulance,” Hart said. “Thought maybe the building was a total loss.”

Martin County Fire Rescue was able to put out the fire in less than 15 minutes.

Once it was out, an employee at Mulligan’s, Joe Ferreira, got to work to clean up, take out the windows and open for the day.

“People expect us to be open,” Ferreira said. “We want to be open and that’s what we do. We do whatever we got to do, to get it done.”

Mulligan’s employee, Cheyenne Pinkstaff, said she was shocked when she saw the damage especially after the struggles they have faced during COVID-19.

“It hurts our community, not only that but people that do want to work,” Pinkstaff said. “Especially during this pandemic and everything this kind of slows the business down.”

Hart expects the cost of the damage to be about $25,000.

“We are very very lucky,” Hart said. “It could have been a total loss but the swift job by the martin county fire department got it under control quickly and didn’t allow it to spread inside the building.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall Divison and the Martin County Sheriff’s office is looking into any possible vandalism.

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