Another tragedy hits France after Notre Dame: 2 million bottles of wine burnt in Bordeaux

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At least two million bottles of wine have been destroyed in a horror fire in South West France.

The blaze broke out on Tuesday in a warehouse north of Bordeaux belonging to Sovex, which markets a range of red, whites and roses.

Many of them were in boxes on wooden pallets that erupted in flames for so far unknown reasons.

Firefighters intervened very quickly at the scene of the disaster, which began around 3.30pm, and evacuated around 80 people working on the site.

‘In total, two million bottles of alcohol were destroyed,’ said an investigating source, who added that 60 firefighters spent 15 hours fighting the blaze.

A video posted on You Tube showed a Sovex worker shouting in panic as the fire intensified, and colleagues left the building.

Flames can be seen engulfing the wooden pallets near the ceiling of the warehouse, as pieces of debris were sent flying through the air.

The warehouse stored the wine in piles of boxes up to 35 feet high, and most were covered in flammable materials. Despite this, there were no injuries reported.

On Wednesday morning, company executives met with experts and insurers to estimate the loss, which is likely to be well past a sum equivalent to £10million.

Judicial police are also investigating the cause of the blaze, which charred half of the building in the Bordeaux suburb of Gironde.

It follows the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris the previous day, when the ancient place of worship lost its spire and roof.

Source: Mail online

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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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