The firemen who fought the blaze made it their priority to protect the monastery's library with its collection of 700-year old rare books and the brewery. The BBC reports:
Francois Bellot, mayor of Rochefort, said he was confident that it would be possible to resume beer production within a few days.This monastery is only one of five that brews Trappist beer and has been producing this strong beer (7.5- 12% ABV) since 1595.
So if you plan to celebrate tonight with a good strong Belgian beer like the Trappistes Rochefort, remember the firemen who preserved that part of the monastery. Also, say a prayer for the now-homeless monks as they go about doing God's work by brewing one of the world's best beers.