29 December 2010
I am sad to report that as we type this the Abbey of Saint-Remi (aka Rochefort Brewery) is burning.
I’m still gathering details but this translated from http://www.rtlinfo.be
ROCHEFORT-Wednesday evening there is a heavy fire raged in the Abbey of Saint-Remi in Rochefort. That confirms Mayor François Bellot. The fire is now under control. Have A seventy firefighters extinguished the fire.
The fire originated at 6.30 p.m. and has the oldest part of the Abbey destroyed. The fire is probably caused by a problem to the electrical generators. By the snowfall were there electricity problems in the brewery, which was switched on generators.
The monks enjoyed just the supper when the fire broke out. But there are no victims.
Around 19.20 hours did the fire in the fire. Four main buildings, spread over some 70 metres, are still in the House. The flames are clearly visible from several kilometers.
Various fire brigades were summoned. The firemen of Rochefort were strengthening the Corps from Ciney, Dinant, Beauraing and Marche-en-Famenne. Some 70 firefighters eventually got the fire under control.
The fire continues all night spot in order to avoid the fire to the renewed and not affected buildings.
Four barrels trappist 27,000 litres have been destroyed. The nerve centre of the brewery was, however, no damage, and Also the library continued to be spared.
In the Abbey of Saint-Remy, where the Rochefort Trappist beer is brewed, his daily 35 people get to work.
A number of routes in the surroundings of the Abbey is closed to traffic in order not to hinder the bluswerken.