Tampa, Fla. – July 3, 2014 – Darren Impson, owner of Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Tampa, a leading provider of water damage cleanup and fire damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties, recently completed a fire damage restoration project at the Yuengling Brewery, 11111 N. 30th Street in Tampa.
On October 26, 2013, firefighters arrived at the brewery to find a section of the 100-foot tall roof and side of the structure in flames. Firefighters were unable to adequately access the flames from the interior of the structure and two ladder fire trucks extinguished the flames from the outside. A police helicopter provided aerial guidance to firefighters on the ground. Approximately 60 Tampa fire personnel responded to the blaze which was mostly under control at 9 pm, just a short time after the initial call.
Tampa Fire Rescue officials indicated the fire at the 1950’s era brewery located near Busch Gardens was accidental. It is believed that a welder replacing a fire escape may have triggered the blaze when old beams in the wall were heated and began smoldering. According to fire officials, the smoldering wood may have gone unnoticed for several hours before the wall burst into flames. The walls were made of 50-year-old-timbers.
On October 29, Paul Davis was permitted to start the painstaking work with authorization from Jim Helmke, Yuengling’s Director of Operations. The Paul Davis team of expert technicians immediately conducted an evaluation and inspection of the facility. Once the scope of work was determined, the Paul Davis team organized and managed their strategy to start the job. The Yuengling offices which were located directly below the roof where the fire occurred suffered severe contaminated water and soot damage. The office space was evacuated, packed out, dried, and contaminated materials were removed.
According to Helmke, the fire itself was very traumatic and frightening for the brewery’s management and staff. Fortunately, no one at the facility was injured. Most of the direct fire damage was confined to walls and ceilings in the 100-foot long by 100-foot wide, 20-foot tall brewery cellars.
The cellars serve as temperature and moisture controlled holding areas for the craft beer. Five floors of brewery cellars with approximately 16 beer holding tanks on each level were affected by heavy smoke, soot, and a massive amount of water that was pumped in by the firefighters. The water became contaminated with soot when it made contact with the damaged materials. With the dimensions of the tanks at approximately 45-feet in length by 12-feet in circumference, multiple challenges were presented to the restoration crews.
Paul Davis technicians endured extremely cold temperatures averaging 34 degrees Fahrenheit. Work conditions included detailed safety precautions that were implemented for crew members who wore harnesses due to working in a constantly wet environment on ladders. Extra tall ladders were used to reach the tanks and ceiling heights. Specially-trained workers were required to wear winter clothing (gloves, ski masks, etc.) and waterproof rain gear for the highly-specialized cleaning.
The tight spaces, working from tall ladders, along with being hooked up to safety harnesses, and the very cold temperatures added to the difficulty of completing the job.
According to Impson, his crews worked five days a week for approximately 16 weeks to complete the arduous and extremely difficult fire restoration cleaning work. Another significant accomplishment on the job included cleaning the large, intricate HVAC systems throughout the building, along with the special refrigeration systems. Ultimately, Paul Davis completed the large loss project with accolades from Helmke and the Yuengling team.
Finally, the Paul Davis team completed the project with the replacement of a 30-foot by 30-foot Yuengling sign that was originally damaged from the fire. The sign was installed on the side of the building in April of this year and can be seen from miles around towering over the brewery.
“A fire in October 2013 caused significant smoke and water damage at Yuengling’s Tampa brewery. We engaged Paul Davis to remediate the damage and the selection resulted in very satisfactory outcomes in all areas,” said Helmke. “The people at Paul Davis showed themselves to be very professional, knowledgeable, and competent. They were personable and responsive with an acute attention to detail,” he said. “All crews demonstrated the flexibility to respond to changing priorities as required by the reconstruction portions of the project. Paul Davis’ work was of uniformly high quality and more than met our expectations. We made a good choice.”
Paul Davis Restoration offices in Tampa Bay have provided restoration services for customers in the region since 1970. The locally-owned franchise office includes a full time staff of technicians who are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). For more information, contact Zuesette Woods, marketing representative at Paul Davis, 813.951.5526 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc.:
D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. was founded in 1829 and bills itself as the oldest brewer in the United States. The company bought the Tampa facility in 1999 from Stroh Brewing Co. which founded the operation near Busch Gardens in the 1950s.Yuengling also operates a brewery in Pottsville, Pa.
About Paul Davis:
Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. is a national franchisor and leading provider of water, fire, and mold cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial properties since 1966. Paul Davis Restoration has franchise locations throughout North America with owners and technicians who are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). For more information, visit the website at www.pauldavis.com.