The treasury building that also housed the Government Rum Bond was destroyed by a fire on June 25th, 1932.

About 100 years before this, the Emancipation proclamation was read from the stairs of this same building.

This event has been described by Historian Angelo Bissessarsingh as one of the most spectacular fires ever in the Capital city since liquid flames flowed through the gutters and drains as the building burned.

Barrels of rum salvaged from the wreckage would be purchased by JB Fernandes and blended into Fernandes 1919 Rum.

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