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Fire Wreaks Havoc at Wray and Nephew

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Friday, 04 December 2009 10:00

Fire at Wray and NephewThe large fire that broke out at around 18:00 at J. Wray & Nephews warehouse was first feared to have been fuelled by millions of dollars worth of rum, including some that have been ageing in barrels for more than 30 years.


The fire that was contained to the cooperage house housing only empty rum barrels is potentially expected to have caused damage worth hundreds of millions of dollars, which would not only affect the company but the country as well, according to the Industry Minister Karl Samuda.


Miss Greta Bogues, the General Manager for Corporate Affairs at Wray and Nephew does not expect the fire to affect the supply of Wray and Nephew products for the holidays.


The University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) have raised another concern regarding the jobs of the 200 production workers they currently represent, and whether the fire will cause any unemployment amongst them at Wray and Nephew.


The exact cause of the fire and whether it will have any impact on the jobs of the workers and the future production at Wray and Nephew in the coming year remains to be seen.


For photographs from the scene visit this website.

 

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