On Saturday night, Plasencia suffered a fire at one of its facilities in Ocotal, Nicaragua, which according to a report by La Radio Nueva Ya, claimed a structure that contained boxes of cigars before local firefighters were able to put it out after battling it for two hours.

“From a company perspective this was a minor event and yesterday we continued with production,” Hank Bischoff of Plasencia 1865 told halfwheel. “Obviously we preferred this to not occur but are primarily happy that no person was hurt.”

He added that Plasencia has had a long-standing policy and practice of having production facilities in both Nicaragua and Honduras, and within those countries having multiple facilities and individual structures so as to prevent events such as fires from spreading and causing greater damage.

“Sometimes this is not the most efficient system but it does address risk of loss as it did here in that we were able to commence production without a problem. Again, although we are not happy that something like this happens we are happy that not one person was injured and that the system we have worked on for many years proved effective.”

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Patrick Lagreid

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