France warehouse fire destroys 2 million bottles of wine worth $13 million

Two million bottles of wine have been destroyed in a freak fire in France just one day after the inferno at Notre Dame Cathedral.

The blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon at a storage center north of Bordeaux, France. Sixty firefighters were dispatched and spent 15 hours trying to put out the flames in the facilty located in the Carbon-Blanc commune on the outskirts of Bordeaux. The wine itself belongs to Sovex Grands Châteaux and cost $12.9 million.

The red, white and rose bottles were packed in boxes and placed on wooden pallets that "erupted in flames" for unknown reasons. However, France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine reported that early results from the investigation showed the fire started in the "false ceiling which then collapsed on pallets and crates of alcohol."

About 80 employees were evacuated from the building. No injuries were reported.


Calls to Sovex by Fox News were not immediately returned.

The fire took place less than 24 hours after flames shot through Notre Dame Cathedral. Investigators said Thursday they believe an electrical short-circuit is most likely the cause behind the Paris blaze.