Yuengling Brewery Fire In Florida Causes $1 Million In Damage, But Beer And Workers Are Safe

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A fire that tore through a Yuengling Brewery factory in Florida over the weekend caused roughly  $1 million in damages, but the North Tampa facility hasn’t been shut down because of the blaze.

The fire at the Yuengling Brewery factory erupted around 8 p.m. Saturday, prompting fire officials to evacuate Yuengling employees, the Tampa Tribune reported. Investigators determined that fire and smoke caused about $1 million in damage to the factory, with the lion’s share of the damage coming from fire damage.

On Sunday, Yuengling Brewery factory manager Jim Helmke told My Fox Tampa Bay that the plant wasn’t shutting down over the fire. The beer factory employees about 70 people.

"We'll be able to fix it and we're very fortunate people," Helmke told the television station. He said the blaze started when a fire escape being welded by a crew sparked flames.

Two workers who were in the building at the time of the fire didn't suffer any injuries. A firefighter was treated and released from a local hospital; his exact injuries were unclear.

"We'll be making beer in the morning," Helmke told My Fox Tampa Bay. “"This is a very isolated part of the building. It's a place where beer is set and aged. It turns out none of our aging beer was even close to the source of the fire."

Helmke told the Tampa Bay Times, "The fire itself was very dramatic and very frightening. But none of the beer, none of the product was jeopardized at all. Nothing will prevent us from operating normally. Nobody here will lose an hour of work over this. It could have been much worse. We're very fortunate."

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