The Yuengling Brewery fire that erupted around 8 p.m. Saturday caused heavy smoke which proved problematic for police and fire crews who were called to the scene. The Tampa Tribune reports that the fire was accidental, although authorities are conducting an official investigation.
"Tampa firefighters made entry climbing 5 stories where they were met with dense smoke and high-heat conditions," said Tampa Fire spokesperson Henry Williams.
Although the Yuengling Brewery was engulfed in flames, workers were evacuated safely.
A witness told ABC Action News that several ladder trucks rained down water on the fire, and smoke and flames were visible across the street at a strip mall.
Tampa Fire Rescue Capt. Lonnie Benniefield said the Yuengling Brewery fire took almost an hour to fully control and he released the damage estimate early Sunday.
Damage to the complex in Tampa caused by the Yuengling Brewery fire is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $1 million.
A statement from Tampa Fire Rescue confirmed that the fire has been ruled accidental by fire investigators, however, they are still seeking the exact cause.