The world’s 10 worst distillery disasters

11th August, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire


Known as Britain’s worst ever peacetime fire-service disaster, the Cheapside Street whisky bond fire, in Glasgow, killed 19 service men in 1960. The warehouse, owned by Arbuckle, Smith and Company, contained over a million gallons of whisky and rum heldĀ in wooden casks. The liquid exceeded boiling point, causing a massive explosion in the building, killing fireman stood at street level. Around 450 firefighters battled the blaze, which took an entire week to extinguish.

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