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Fire Damages Grain Silo At New Belgium Brewery

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An image from the fire (credit: Poudre Valley Fire Authority)

An image from the fire (credit: Poudre Valley Fire Authority)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Fire has damaged one of the most prominent businesses in Fort Collins.

The fire happened at the New Belgium Brewing Company, the home of Fat Tire beer. There were no injuries.

Hearing about a fire at New Belgium was enough to send beer lovers into a panic, but the beer is fine. The fire caused moderate damage to a grain silo that was being dismantled. It’s a part of the brewery that was no longer being used.

The silo was used to store spent grain which has already been used in the brewing process, but a crew was working to take the silo apart and remove it when it caught fire just before noon Monday. Soon there was heavy orange smoke coming from the brewery property.

The brewery spokesman told CBS4 it appears workers using a saw or a grinder built up enough heat to set fire to the insulation on the inside of the silo. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the second alarm fire.

The company shut down the heating and cooling system in the brewery to avoid pulling the smoke into the buildings.

New Belgium said it did lose a day’s production in dealing with the fire.

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