A man has been seriously injured at Tasmania’s Adams Distillery today after a fire broke out at the location.
He was transferred from the distillery to hospital by helicopter, with serious but not life threatening burn.
The fire was first reported in a social media post, with Tasmania Fire Service confirming, “Multiple crews are on the scene of a fire at a distillery on the Midland Highway in Perth. The distillery on Eskleigh Road is fully alight.”
Adams is located at 5 Eskleigh Road and it is believed the fire started around 10.20am this morning.
Tasmanian news outlet The Examiner first reported that at least one person has been injured in the fire and was being treated by paramedics on scene.
“Firefighters are still working to contain the fire, but it is too early to tell the cause,” a spokesperson told them.
TFS district officer of operations Mark Ciantar subsequently told the ABC that the man had “partial and full-thickness burns to his hands, face and legs.”
He said that the fire had started while he was mixing flammable liquids in a section of the distillery used for gin.
Early reports said that there was substantial damage to the building and although Ciantar said there was no structural damage, he estimated the damages at $1.5 – $2 million.
He praised distillery staff for helping their colleague, noting that co-founder Adam Pinkard, who was previously a paramedic, home come to the employees aid.
Adams was founded by Pinkard and Adam Saunders and first began production in 2016. Their whisky – and new makes – have been lauded both locally and overseas, and in 2019 they completed upgrades of their stills and warehousing to increase production.