A fire has seriously damaged two rum ageing warehouses and a cooperage owned by J Wray & Nephew Ltd, owner of Appleton Estate rum, in Jamaica.

Fire fighters and volunteeers took several hours to contain the fire, which broke out at 17:30 local time on 1 December at the J Wray & Newphew cooperage in Kingston, Jamaica.

There has been serious damage to the cooperage and to two small ageing warehouses, the firm said today (3 December).

But, the rum producer said supplies will not be disrupted.

"The effect of the fire will not in any way affect the company's finished goods stock or production facilities, which are isolated from its bulk ageing facilities and as such will not cause any interruption in the supply of J. Wray & Nephew products in either the short or long-term," said David McConnell, managing director of J Wray & Nephew's global marketing division.

The group has ageing facilities spread across Jamaica in order to reduce risk to supplies.

Financial cost of the fire remains unknown. "J Wray & Nephew is currently reviewing the extent of the damage to the property, which is insured," said the firm. No human injuries have been reported.