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M-Funf
10-31-2005, 01:26 PM
This happened a few weeks back...some irreplaceable wines in that storage facility...

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/10/27/WIGV7FE0U91.DTL

Sean Thackrey is somebody we know. Fortunately, it sounds like he didn't lose as much as he initially thought he had.

There is a rumor going around that a bunch of pallets of wine were moved around for no apparent reason in the warehouse just a few days before the fire. Interestingly, they were not touched by the fire :popcorn:

Very sad....

M-Funf
03-21-2007, 12:34 PM
New information about the fire came up this week.

The authorities caught the person who started the fire. He was a wine broker who stored wine collections for private parties. Evidently, he was selling their wine and keeping the money to himself. When his customers started pushing, he torched the place to cover his tracks.

The loss is estimated at over $250MM :eek: Plus two firefighters were injured fighting the fire...

He now faces 19 felony counts

Charges Filed in Ca. Wine Warehouse Fire (http://www.topix.net/content/ap/4107123260091616994833828990433092358006)