An early-morning blaze on Dec. 2 on Bay Street in Nassau, Bahamas, heavily damaged several buildings, including the Pompey Museum, Da Balcony nightclub and the temporary Straw Market.

The new Straw Market, several doors down from the temporary market, was not damaged by the fire and still is on schedule to open this month.

The scene of the fire was several blocks from Festival Place, where cruise passengers disembark. Port calls were not disrupted on Dec. 2, although cruise passengers were told of the fire as workers cordoned off and boarded up the fire site.

Port calls are expected to continue as scheduled, according to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

The Pompey Museum, which dates from the 1760s, was the site where slaves were bought and sold. The museum housed a number of artifacts, records and old books and was a popular stop on a walking tour of Nassau.

Plans to expand, renovate and upgrade the museum already were in the works as part of the revitalization of the downtown area of Nassau.

Once official damage assessments are complete, plans will be announced for the future of the museum.

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