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Smoke on the Brewery
« on: April 06, 2011, 09:22:15 PM »
So the building next to us burned down today: http://durangoherald.com/article/20110406/NEWS01/704069878/0/s/Building-burns-on-historic-Greene-Street-in-Silverton

I was walking to the brewery at about 7:45 AM and saw the smoke; by the time I got there the first fire engine was already parked in the street. Eventually we had five trucks spraying water - both Silverton units (all volunteers, by the way) plus two from Durango and one from Ouray. Even then it took them eight hours to get it extinguished. Apparently they were able to save our building from any major fire damage, but they cut the power to the entire block, so the sump pumps wouldn't have been running the entire time they were pumping water onto the roof, and I'm all but certain the basement brewery flooded as a result. No one, tenants or firemen, was hurt, so at least there's that. I'd assume we'll have smoke damage as well.

I think it's mostly a formality, but there will be an arson investigation, so I can't enter the building until the Sheriff's office executes a search warrant, and they tell me that will be tomorrow afternoon. So at this point there's absolutely nothing I can do, and I don't even know how bad the damage is. We had several thousand dollars worth of grain inventory in the building, so at best we'll have lost that. At worst we'll have structural damage and then who knows what.

Sorry for the rambling post. I've had several beers throughout the day today. I'll probably have several more. For at least the next 16 hours, that's about all I can do. I'm not looking for sympathy or anything, I'm just sitting at home unable to think about anything else - and the bar burnt down, so I don't have anywhere else to go.
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011, 09:32:02 PM »
Damn man, that sucks.  Try to think of it as a forced vacation, it might make it easier.

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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011, 11:03:48 PM »
Darn, man -- that does suck!!!  I grew up in Cortez, my dad is a Durango native, & Silverton is still a favorite place of his to visit, though he has moved farther away. A big loss for such a small community. Sorry, too, for your forced lapse in business and loss of resources. Hang tough!

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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2011, 04:05:59 AM »
Sucks pretty well covers it. Hope you're well insured and that you get through this as well as can be expected. Luck.
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2011, 04:15:58 AM »
Dead link.  Is there a better one?
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2011, 05:45:00 AM »
Hang in there.  There is not much to do but cope with the situation.  Keep us posted.

Found this.
http://durangoherald.com/article/20110407/NEWS01/704069878/Historic-buildings-burn-in-Silverton

  
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2011, 06:30:54 AM »
Bummer. Must've been a bad day for brewers yesterday. I burned the hell out of (or more likely, into) my foot yesterday disconnecting a hose. Peeled several layers of skin right off my big toe. I'll make sure I have my boots on next time. Lesson learned.
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2011, 07:01:12 AM »
I wasn't brewing yesterday, but I agree it wasn't a fun day.  I got a felony misdemeanor ticket for driving a customer's car with the wrong tag on it.  Not a good birthday for me, but at least my brewery or my foot didn't burn.
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2011, 07:05:43 AM »
I wasn't brewing yesterday, but I agree it wasn't a fun day.  I got a felony misdemeanor ticket for driving a customer's car with the wrong tag on it.  Not a good birthday for me, but at least my brewery or my foot didn't burn.

well, happy birthday, Jeff. hope the judge is understanding & let's it slide, that would be a good b-day present.
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2011, 07:10:55 AM »
I wasn't brewing yesterday, but I agree it wasn't a fun day.  I got a felony misdemeanor ticket for driving a customer's car with the wrong tag on it.  Not a good birthday for me, but at least my brewery or my foot didn't burn.

April 6 is a good day for birthdays, yes?  Mine was also yesterday.
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2011, 07:33:14 AM »
Wow, That really sucks Seanl!  Hopefully you can get back on your feet ASAP.  Cheers!!!
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2011, 07:35:12 AM »
Sean, that sucks. Yesterday was a rough one here too, but not that bad. Hopefully you're up and running soon!

Jeffy: what's a "felony misdemeanor"? Seems like it's one or the other...
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2011, 07:37:32 AM »
Wow, that is sad.  Tough day for Silver Town, those old buildings can't be replaced.  
Hope your grain just got smoked.

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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2011, 07:38:59 AM »
Sean, that sucks. Yesterday was a rough one here too, but not that bad. Hopefully you're up and running soon!

Jeffy: what's a "felony misdemeanor"? Seems like it's one or the other...
A slap on the wrist...
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Re: Smoke on the Brewery
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2011, 07:50:41 AM »
Sean, that sucks. Yesterday was a rough one here too, but not that bad. Hopefully you're up and running soon!

Jeffy: what's a "felony misdemeanor"? Seems like it's one or the other...
A slap on the wrist...
I have to let the judge decide.  That's what the nice police officer told me.  (then again how nice could he be to do that knowing it was my birthday?)  I got a ticket on April 6 back in the 90's for speeding 65 in a 55 zone.  The trooper went out of her way to pull me over.  Perhaps I should stay home next year.
Happy B-Day to you too, hokerer.
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