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Yuengling Brewery back in business following fire

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It's business back as usual Monday at Tampa's Yuengling Brewery, following a weekend fire.

The fire was the result of construction of a fire escape on the upper level of the plant, according to the facility's director of operations, Jim Helmke.

"A piece of the very old wooden members inside the wall itself managed to go into an ignition state," he said.

Helmke and fire officials downgraded the severity of the damage Sunday.

"The fire looked far worse than it actually was," he said.

"It looks almost worse than what it is," said Henry Williams, a spokesman with Tampa Fire and Rescue. "The fire was actually contained to the external portion of that wall."

One TFR firefighter was injured while battling flames.

"It is minor," Williams added. "He was transported by ambulance to the hospital and later on that night he was released."

The two-alarm fire started sometime before 8 p.m according to a preliminary investigation.

The first crews on scene arrived to heavy smoke and flames emitting from the structure. The flames could be seen shooting over the top of the Yuengling Brewery sign on the fifth level of the storage facility.

Two security guards were at the property at the time of the fire and fortunately they were safely evacuated according to fire officials.

Helmke says the fire shouldn't affect production at that brewery and that no product was damaged.

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