December 21, 2009 / 6:00 PM / 10 years ago

Fire at Diageo's Dublin brewery, output untouched

DUBLIN, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Fire broke out in an empty building at Diageo’s (DGE.L) Guinness brewery in Dublin on Monday but was put out within hours and did not affect production, the company said.

Media pictures showed smoke billowing from the St James’s Gate site in the city centre. Fire crews were called at about midday and put out the blaze after 3-1/2 hours, a company spokeswoman said.

“The fire broke out during routine repairs to the roofing area of an infrequently used and currently vacant building,” the company, one of the world’s biggest alcoholic drinks groups, said in a statement.”

“This part of the brewery was evacuated, no personnel were injured and brewing production was not affected.” (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Tim Pearce)

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