Fire yesterday destroyed a Long Pond Sugar Factory Distillery in Clark’s Town, Trelawny. The fire is reported to have begun in a field behind the sugar factory and spread to the distillery. The Long Pond Sugar factory dates back to the 17th century.
From the Observer:
Firefighters tried valiantly but failed to save a distillery with more than 65,000 litres of rum at Long Pond sugar factory in Trelawny yesterday.
A worker at the factory said that the fire started in a sugar cane field behind the factory, caught a pile of bagasse on the property and quickly spread to the distillery area.
Initially, Deputy Superintendent Roland Walters, divisional commander for the Trelawny Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, told the Jamaica Observer that the operation was successful as the firefighters were able to confine the fire to one area.
However, late yesterday evening, Walters told the Observer that the distillery was razed.
“Basically, what is happening here is that the fire is confined to the main store area. One area stores alcohol and the other section stores mainly raw material to make rum,” Walters said earlier.
He said that sections of the building housing the stores collapsed after being consumed by the angry flames.
Source: Jamaica Observer.