December 20, 2019

These Drone Photographs Show the Aftermath of Over-the-Rhine's Jackson Brewery Fire

Local photographer Tom Savoca documented the aftermath of the massive Jackson Brewery fire that took place on Dec. 15, using a drone. If you listened closely early Sunday morning, you could hear the pained groans of Cincinnati's historic preservation community as northern Over-the-Rhine's Jackson Brewery warehouse building lay smoldering. A large fire caused the roof to collapse at about 5:30 in the morning and led Cincinnati firefighters to declare the building that looms over Elm Street a "total loss," though at least two Cincinnati City Councilmembers say there are no immediate plans to demolish the cavernous structure. Damage to the building is estimated at $250,000. CFD has not announced the cause of the blaze and says it is investigating whether it could have been arson. Whether the so-called Metal Blast building can survive the fire is still up in the air. At stake: a building with a significant — and sometimes dramatic — history in the Queen City. Read more about the brewery's history here.
Photos by Tom Savoca
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