Fire Hits Napa's Oakville Winery

An historic wine cellar at the Silver Oaks Cellars' Oakville, CA, winery was destroyed by fire Thursday. Damage to the 7,000-square-foot facility was estimated in the millions of dollars.

Although the main part of the winery sustained only minor smoke and heat damage, the historic part of the structure that had been used to store wine barrels, marketing materials, merchandise and maintenance equipment, was heavily damaged.

"The firefighters did an amazing job to keep it from going to the main structure," said Capt. John Lovie of the California Department of Forestry. "The owners told us their loss was in the millions."

Officials believe the fire began in a Dumpster. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation. It took several hours for about 50 firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

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