A large fire started in the early hours of this morning, Friday March 26, in the grain store at Ramsbury Brewery and Distillery, near Aldbourne. Ten fire engines from Newbury, Ramsbury, Marlborough and Swindon battled the blaze. There were no casualties.
Group Manager, Alistair Ewing told Marlborough.news, “I was alerted to the fire by the neighbours of the brewery at 5.35 am but we think the fire had started around 1 am. The blaze was in a building adjacent to the distillery where we store and mill all the wheat and where the oil press is situated.”
The fire was intense and fuelled by two to four thousand litres of vegetable oil stored in the building. A lot of equipment was destroyed, including all the equipment used for the education project for local schools.
“By 9.30 am the fire-brigade had the fire under control and were dampening down. The fire brigade is still investigating the cause of the blaze. One theory is that it was an electrical fault,” commented Alistair. “I am very relieved no one was hurt.”
Fortunately, the brewery, distillery, shop and offices were not damaged. The shop will continue to open 9-5pm weekdays and on Saturday mornings from next week.
Alistair explained, “We will install temporary equipment to keep production going but it will take a few months to replenish all the rape seed oil that was destroyed. There are only twelve bottles left in the shop.”