Iconic Florida Panhandle restaurant The Red Bar destroyed by fire

GRAYTON BEACH, FL (WSFA) - A popular restaurant and bar in Grayton Beach, Florida was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning.

The Red Bar, located in the South Walton area between Destin and Panama City Beach, is considered a total loss, according to the South Walton Fire District.

When fire crews were called to the fire around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, flames had consumed the restaurant and gift shop next to it. Officials said strong wind added to the intensity of the fire.

Fire crews had to battle strong winds while fighting the fire at The Red Bar but were able to save the adjacent structures.
Fire crews had to battle strong winds while fighting the fire at The Red Bar but were able to save the adjacent structures. (Source: WJHG-TV)

Fire fighters were able to save the adjacent structures but some nearby homes were damaged. The flames were so hot the windows in homes across the street cracked. No one was injured in the fire.

The SWFD fire marshal and Florida State Fire Marshal’s will investigate the fire.

The restaurant celebrated its 24th anniversary on Feb. 3, according to its Facebook page.

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